Feb 8, 2013

The Patio

The Patio


John Singer Sargent

(American, 1856-1925)

Watercolor with traces of gouache over graphite

Support: Cream(1) wove paper

Sheet: 53.2 x 34.6 cm (20 15/16 x 13 5/8 in.)

In memory of Ralph King, gift of Mrs. Ralph King; Ralph T. Woods, Charles G. King; and Frances King Schafer 1946.293



Sargent was born in Italy, studied in France, and worked chiefly in England, but he never renounced his American citizenship. As a young man, Sargent achieved fame and wealth as a portraitist, but he gradually tired of painting wealthy, superficial aristocrats. In his later years he focused increasingly on watercolor. Along with Winslow Homer, Sargent was the major artist to develop a spontaneous approach toward watercolor. Rather than carefully layering his pigments, he dashed off his paintings in a single sitting, allowing the colors to freely blend together.


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