John Singer Sargent: The Cashmere Shawl

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925). The Cashmere Shawl, circa 1911. Translucent watercolor and touches of opaque watercolor and wax resist with graphite underdrawing, 19 15/16 x 14 in. (50.7 x 35.5 cm). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund. Photograph © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Collections Course: John Singer Sargent Watercolors, "Holding Sargent's Brush"

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

This three-part series will feature a curator, conservator, author, and artist discussing different aspects of John Singer Sargent's life and artistic technique. Watercolor demonstrations will precede the talks, which will be followed by a guided tour of the exhibition. Tickets are available at and are $12 when purchased individually, or $30 as a series. Museum Members receive free admission; please call the Membership Hotline at (718) 501-6326 or email for reservations.

"Holding Sargent’s Brush"
Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m.
The Museum’s senior paper conservator, Toni Owen, speaks with watercolorist Monika de Vries about the mysteries revealed by analyzing Sargent’s pigments, preparatory sketches, and brushstroke technique.

"Painting Sunlight"
Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m.
Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, talks about Sargent’s masterful technique and the brilliant interplay of light and shadow in his watercolors.

"Sargent the Sensualist"
Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m.
Scholar Trevor Fairbrother argues that viewing Sargent as a sensualist connects otherwise conflicting elements of his oeuvre—and offers a new interpretation of his life and work.