Long Plain Prayer Stick
This is one of many examples of Sargent’s lively, informal portraits in the medium of watercolor. Working outside the confines of his London studio, and without the restrictive requests of paying clients, he orchestrated his figure compositions with a desired effect in mind. Sargent stage-directed his familiar models Dorothy Barnard and his niece Rose-Marie Ormond (wrapped in a shawl), and arranged their parasols and dresses to foreground the patterns of tinted light and shadow on Dorothy’s voluminous white skirts.
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Ainu. Long Plain Prayer Stick. Wood, 7/8 x 14 3/8 in. (2.3 x 36.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Herman Stutzer, 12.214. Creative Commons-BY
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