Thursday, December 5, 2019

Up Close: Two Sargent Scenes of Venice

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was a first-rate painter best known for his portrait work. He also had a deft touch when making oil sketches.

The Clark art museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts had two fine examples on display when I visited in September. One is titled "Street in Venice" (Clark link to it here), the other is "A Ventian Interior" (link here). Both were painted circa 1880-82.

Some photos I took are below: click on the images to enlarge.


Image of "A street in Venice" from the Clark web site.

As it appeared in the gallery: compare to the size of the plaque.

Zooming in on the figures. The actual sizes of the woman's face and hands are quite small: again compare to the plaque.

Clark image of "A Venetian Interior."

As it appeared.

Once again, Sargent is close to miniaturist mode when doing the foreground faces.

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