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Bedouin Camp

John Singer Sargent

American Art

Sargent often used undiluted colors straight from the tube. In some instances he bulked colors further with the addition of zinc white paint. Unlike oil paints, watercolors can only be applied to a certain thickness before the paint shrinks and begins to crack as the water evaporates. In this work Sargent pushed the physical limits of his medium, as can be seen in the buildup and cracking of paint in the face and turban of the squatting Bedouin at the lower right.
MEDIUM Opaque and translucent watercolor
DATES 1905-1906
DIMENSIONS 10 x 14 1/16 in. (25.4 x 35.7 cm) frame: 23 7/8 x 29 15/16 x 1 1/4 in. (60.6 x 76 x 3.2 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). Bedouin Camp, 1905-1906. Opaque and translucent watercolor, 10 x 14 1/16 in. (25.4 x 35.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 09.811
IMAGE overall, 09.811_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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