|Simplon Pass: Reading |
The show was broken into ten different themes. I seem to have come away with a list of only nine: Italian Villas and their Gardens, Venice, Portraits at Hand, Bedouin Encounter, Watercraft, Dolce Far Niente ("sweet doing nothing"), Alpine Heights, Sunlight on Stone, and Quarry. I clearly was too excited about the show to focus on my reportage! Each portion of the show seemed to be more beautiful than the last. In fact, I can't remember going to an exhibit and being taken with so many of the paintings.
|La Biancheria (1910)|
Sargent's watercolors have an amazing translucence and luminosity. His ability to give white objects (both in pieces like this stunning painting of laundry hung out to dry and his scenes from Italian Carrara marble quarries) so much color and depth was only one of my take-aways from the show.
|A Tramp (1904)|
|La Riva (1903-1904)|
|The aptly named |
Simplon Pass: The Lesson (1911)
The Sargent Watercolors show will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum of Art through July 18th. Get there if you can! It is truly a beautiful show. Having gotten a taste of Sargent's work, I'm more excited than ever about the Fine Arts Festival in November. Make sure to join us if you're in this neck of the woods!