John Singer Sargent
In this painting of his beloved sister Violet, a later addition to Brooklyn’s holdings, Sargent used faint graphite underdrawing to loosely block in the reclining figure and the support on which her head and arm rest. After applying watercolor washes and opaque white highlights, he drew in graphite on top of the paint to delineate the folds and sleeves of Violet’s blouse. Her eyes, ears, nose, lips, chin, and hands are also defined by graphite marks over the watercolor.
Translucent and opaque watercolor and graphite, with graphite underdrawing
14 11/16 x 21 5/16in. (37.3 x 54.1cm)
frame: 28 1/8 x 36 1/16 x 1 7/16 in. (71.4 x 91.6 x 3.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Lawrence B. Dunham
This item is not on view
John Singer Sargent (American, born Italy, 1856-1925). Violet Sleeping, ca. 1907-1908. Translucent and opaque watercolor and graphite, with graphite underdrawing, 14 11/16 x 21 5/16in. (37.3 x 54.1cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lawrence B. Dunham, 77.145 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 77.145_PS6.jpg)
overall, 77.145_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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