John Singer Sargent
In this beautifully executed watercolor, Sargent did not rely on any underdrawing or preliminary sketch prior to painting. The work is a good example of his frequent use of wet subtraction to lift and remove color, seen in the strong diagonal wiping marks at the lower left and, more subtly, in the man’s sleeve, his left ear, the hairline of his forehead, and the tip of his nose.
Translucent watercolor and touches of opaque watercolor
20 x 14in. (50.8 x 35.6cm)
frame: 36 3/16 x 28 3/16 x 1 7/8 in. (91.9 x 71.6 x 4.8 cm) (show scale)
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John Singer Sargent (American, born Italy, 1856-1925). A Tramp, ca. 1904-1906. Translucent watercolor and touches of opaque watercolor, 20 x 14in. (50.8 x 35.6cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 09.810 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.810_PS6.jpg)
overall, 09.810_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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