John Singer Sargent's  Venetian Water Carriers
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 Venetian Water Carriers
c. 1880, 1882
Worcester Art Museum, MA
Oil on canvas
64.5 x 70.5 cm (25 3/8 x 27 3/4 in.)
signed lr: John S. Sargent
Museum purchase 1911.30
 Jpg: Local

From: Worcester Art Museum

Although seemingly informal, if not spontaneous, in both design and execution, Venetian Water Carriers is actually carefully conceived. Within a composition centered around rectangular forms (the door and its frame, the well and its base), Sargent subtly balanced the figure of the woman straining to carry a pail with the tilt of the door hanging off its hinges. With equal mastery he varied his technique, using exacting strokes of the brush, fluidly applied, to define individual pavement stones and building up rough layers of color to simulate the peeling plaster wall.

(Worcester Art Museum)

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