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Arab Gypsies in a Tent

John Singer Sargent

American Art

Throughout his Bedouin subjects, Sargent relied primarily on the expressive power of the robed figures (women in blue tobs and men in white) animated by sharp, raking light. He consistently used the black tents as a broad compositional framework, both to exert control over the blazing desert light and to create the shallow pictorial spaces he preferred. Here Sargent also employed a more explicit and romanticized orientalist narrative that features a hooded Gypsy, whose tense hands, brilliantly sketched, hover over the round shape of a tray or bowl.
MEDIUM Opaque and translucent watercolor with graphite underdrawing
DATES 1905-1906
DIMENSIONS 12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 45.7 cm) frame: 23 7/8 x 29 15/16 x 1 5/16 in. (60.6 x 76 x 3.3 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Purchased by Special Subscription
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION John Singer Sargent (American, born Italy, 1856-1925). Arab Gypsies in a Tent, 1905-1906. Opaque and translucent watercolor with graphite underdrawing, 12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 09.807 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.807_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 09.807_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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