John Singer Sargent Watercolors

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor

This landmark exhibition unites for the first time the John Singer Sargent watercolors acquired by the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the early twentieth century.

Art Exhibition previously on at Brooklyn Museum of Art in United States.
From Friday 05 April 2013 to Sunday 28 July 2013

Simplon Pass: Reading, circa 1911 image The Bridge of Sighs, circa 1903–4 image Santa Maria della Salute, 1904 image Boboli, circa 1906 image In a Medici Villa, 1906 image Bedouins, circa 1905–6 image Corfu: Lights and Shadows, 1909 image Villa di Marlia, Lucca: A Fountain, 1910  image Pomegranates, 1908 image Venice: La Dogana, 1911 image The Cashmere Shawl, circa 1911 image A Tramp, circa 1904–6 image White Ships, circa 1908 image Carrara: A Quarry, 1911 image Carrara: Lizzatori I, 1911 image Gourds, 1908 image Mountain Fire, circa 1906–7 image Venice: Under the Rialto Bridge, 1909 image

Published by Brooklyn Museum on Saturday 02 February 2013.
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The culmination of a yearlong collaborative study by both museums, John Singer Sargent Watercolors explores the watercolor practice that has traditionally been viewed as a tangential facet of Sargent’s art making. The ninety-three pieces on display provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to view a broad range of the artist’s finest production in the medium.

Brooklyn’s thirty-eight watercolors, most of which have not been on view for decades, were largely purchased from Sargent’s 1909 debut exhibition in New York. Their subjects include Venetian scenes (The Bridge of Sighs), Mediterranean sailing vessels, intimate portraits (A Tramp), and Bedouin subjects (Bedouins). Boston’s watercolors, purchased in 1912, are more highly finished than the Brooklyn works. They feature subjects from his travels to the Italian Alps, the villa gardens near Lucca, and the marble quarries of Carrara, as well as portraits. The exhibition also presents nine oil paintings, including Brooklyn’s An Out-of-Doors Study, Paul Helleu and His Wife (1889) and Boston’s The Master and His Pupils (1914).

New discoveries based on scientific study of Sargent’s pigments, drawing techniques, and paper preparation are featured in a special section deconstructing his techniques. Select works throughout the exhibition are paired with videos that show a contemporary watercolor artist demonstrating some of Sargent’s methods.

John Singer Sargent Watercolors is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition is co-curated by Teresa A. Carbone, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Erica E. Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Generous support for the exhibition and catalogue was provided by The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The presentation in Brooklyn was made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and Sotheby’s. Additional support for the catalogue was provided by a publications endowment established by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.