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The Giudecca

John Singer Sargent

American Art

Instead of layering multiple colors as he often did in his watercolors, here Sargent laid in colors almost individually and side by side, creating an impressionistic appearance, especially in the water. This work was painted in mostly translucent washes and without the addition of any zinc white paint. Sargent used a tool, possibly the end of his brush, to scratch white lines on the hull of the sailing boat at left. Typically, the darker browns at center and in the portholes are enriched with medium (possibly gum arabic), giving them a glossy appearance. The stickiness of the extra binder is evident from the brush hairs trapped in the paint.
MEDIUM Translucent watercolor and touches of opaque watercolor and graphite, with graphite underdrawing
DATES ca. 1904
DIMENSIONS 10 x 14in. (25.4 x 35.6cm) frame: 17 7/8 x 23 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. (45.4 x 60.6 x 3.5 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, 1856-1925). The Giudecca, ca. 1904. Translucent watercolor and touches of opaque watercolor and graphite, with graphite underdrawing, 10 x 14in. (25.4 x 35.6cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 09.890
IMAGE overall, 09.890_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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