John Singer Sargent, the 19th century portraitist, is an artist I’ve always liked. In Wikipedia’s bio of him (Wikipedia is my source of all information – true, untrue, gossip, blather: who cares as long as it’s stated with conviction?) I just discovered this fabulous quote about him:
Jacques-Émile Blanche, who was one of his early sitters, said after his death that Sargent’s sex life “was notorious in Paris, and in Venice, positively scandalous. He was a frenzied bugger.” A frenzied bugger. Please note that I request here officially that that be inscribed on my tombstone.