An Out-of-Doors Study
John Singer Sargent
Here and in other oils from the late 1880s, Sargent experimented with portrait compositions whose informality and naturalness stood in sharp contrast to his commissioned studio portraits of elegant and decorously posed society types. Inspired in part by the Impressionist works of his friend Claude Monet, this portrait depicts another French artist friend, Paul Helleu, and his young wife, Alice, settled in the grass at Fladbury, in England’s Cotswolds. Liberated from pictorial conventions, Sargent here featured the compositional asymmetry, natural light, and casual inattention of his “sitters” that would characterize his portraits in watercolor after 1900.
Oil on canvas
25 15/16 x 31 3/4 in. (65.9 x 80.7 cm)
Frame: 41 1/2 x 48 5/8 x 6 in. (105.4 x 123.5 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "John S. Sargent"
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John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925). An Out-of-Doors Study, 1889. Oil on canvas, 25 15/16 x 31 3/4 in. (65.9 x 80.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 20.640
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