Skip Navigation

Bedouins

John Singer Sargent

American Art

Sargent considered this powerful portrait of two men to be the keynote work of his Bedouin watercolors. His earliest critics took note of the expressive force of the carefully delineated faces, set off by the play of highlights on the saturated blues of the kaffiyeh (head scarves). Sargent otherwise described the figures, including details such as the curved khanjar (daggers) in the main figure’s belt, with the broad, expressive handling that characterizes the Bedouin subjects as a whole.
MEDIUM Opaque and translucent watercolor
DATES 1905-1906
DIMENSIONS 18 x 12in. (45.7 x 30.5cm) frame: 30 3/16 x 24 3/16 x 1 5/8 in. (76.7 x 61.4 x 4.1 cm)
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 09.814
CREDIT LINE Purchased by Special Subscription
RECORD COMPLETENESS
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.