John Singer Sargent
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
The American expatriate John Singer Sargent painted this likeness of his beloved sister Violet in the summer of 1889. He was working in rural Fladbury, England, and was experimenting with the bright palette and more liberated brushwork of his friend the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Poised on the riverbank, Violet appears bathed in a brilliant white light reflected off the surface of the water.
According to family tradition, Sargent gave this study for a larger, more finished work (Tate, London) to Violet’s daughter Reine Ormond as a wedding gift in 1924.
Oil on canvas
28 1/2 x 21 in. (72.4 x 53.3 cm)
frame: 38 x 30 1/2 x 5 in. (96.5 x 77.5 x 12.7 cm) (show scale)
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John Singer Sargent (American, born Italy, 1856-1925). Violet Fishing, 1889. Oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 21 in. (72.4 x 53.3 cm). Private Collection, L2012.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.L2012.3.jpg)
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