Masterpiece Lecture Series: Richard Ormond, Former Director, National Maritime Museum
March 29, 2012
John Singer Sargent's picture of El Jaleo caused a sensation at the Salon of 1882 and marks one of the high points of his career in Paris. The lecture will examine the creation of this masterpiece in the heady atmosphere of progressive art in the early 1880s. Sargent's passion for Spanish music and dance, his deep admiration for the work of Velazquez and Goya, his debt to Manet, and his high sense of theatre all find expression in this painterly tour-de-force.
Richard Ormond is a renowned independent art historian and director of the John S. Sargent Catalogue Raisonné Project, 2000-present. He is the former Director of the National Maritime Museum in London and also served as Assistant Keeper and Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London. He is currently the Chairman of the Trustees of the Watts Gallery in Surrey, England, Chairman of the Friends of Leighton House in London, and a trustee of the Mariners Museum in Newport News, Virginia.
Thursday evening programming is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Media Sponsor: Boston Globe Media, Inc.