John Singer Sargent, El Jaleo, 1882, oil on canvas, 232 x 348 cm, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Source
After significant planning and preparatory sketches, Sargent completed his visual tribute to Gypsy culture, El Jaleo. The painting depicts a Spanish dancer surrounded by musicians, and celebrates a group of people who were often shunned by society in the 19th century. Sargent captures a moment in which the dancer’s spotlit body is beautifully contorted.
I’m thinking of Spain today. Specifically the coast of Andalucia. I have been invited by Nick Bantock to attend a very special 9 day retreat there, to be mentored personally by him along with 6 other people in 2017. What an extraordinary turn of events. I have loved Nick Bantock as an artist and writer since 1991. He inspired nearly every part of my creative life. To have this opportunity makes every part of my creative self hum with delight!