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John Singer Sargent

American Art

Inspired by the lush vegetation on the island of Majorca, Pomegranates features the fruits in close-up, some bursting open in flashes of red seeds, amid dense green foliage. Sargent omitted all spatial reference points (sky or ground) and extended the tapestry of colors and textures to the edge of the sheet, thus heightening the decorative two-dimensionality of the composition. In certain passages his energetic, gestural brushwork eclipses readable form, suggesting that he was testing the boundaries of modernist abstraction.
MEDIUM Opaque and translucent watercolor with graphite underdrawing
DATES 1908
DIMENSIONS 21 3/16 x 14 7/16in. (53.8 x 36.7cm) frame: 35 13/16 x 27 13/16 x 1 7/16 in. (91 x 70.6 x 3.7 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). Pomegranates, 1908. Opaque and translucent watercolor with graphite underdrawing, 21 3/16 x 14 7/16in. (53.8 x 36.7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 09.832 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.832_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 09.832_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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