In a Levantine Port
John Singer Sargent
In keeping with his approach to port subjects, Sargent offered no particularities of place in this scene but instead lavished his attention on the vibrant colors of reflected light and cast shadows that play across the rust-stained white hulls and the network of masts, spars, and riggings. He seems to have reveled in the transparency of the watercolor medium, which allowed the white of the paper to add a particular brilliance to scenes such as this one.
Translucent watercolor and touches of opaque watercolor with graphite underdrawing
12 1/16 x 18 1/8 in. (30.6 x 46 cm)
frame: 23 7/8 x 29 7/8 x 1 1/4 in. (60.6 x 75.9 x 3.2 cm) (show scale)
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John Singer Sargent (American, born Italy, 1856-1925). In a Levantine Port, ca. 1905-1906. Translucent watercolor and touches of opaque watercolor with graphite underdrawing, 12 1/16 x 18 1/8 in. (30.6 x 46 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 09.825
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