Oh la la, this week’s Artist in Focus is the crème de la crème. Faye Vander Veer has been with UGallery for quite sometime. She plays to the classic lover in all of us. Her romantic scenes of cultured denizens traversing their cities are reminiscent of John Singer Sargent and the French Impressionists. She says, “the simplest act can become the most compelling painting.” Her paintings prove that our daily lives are fascinating events worthy of being painted. Here she discusses her inspiration and her paintings.
The American artist would’ve been 155 today.
“Portrait of Madame X” (1884) - Sargent’s most famous work and the artist’s personal favorite.
“The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit” (1882)
Many call this painting the most psychologically charged and compelling of Sargent’s career. The unusual composition of dark shadows, the girls dislocated from one another, hints at a sense of mystery.
“Smoke of Ambergris” (1880)
“Ambergris” is a product of Sargent’s trip to North Africa. The woman is inhaling the smoke of ambergris, a resinous substance believed to come from whales. Ambergris was thought to be an aphrodisiac and a safeguard from evil spirits.