. . . The present work is dominated by three main aspects. The first is a line down the center of the work, defined chiefly by the prow of the near boat and its reflection. The other two consist of mirror-image diagonals that intersect at this vertical center line; at the bottom of the work the anchor line meets the seam between two of the hull's boards; at the top a boat's boom on the right cuts a diagonal into another boom, wrapped in a sail, at upper left. The careful composition belies the effortless look of this work, a stunning example of Sargent's bravura work in watercolor.
. . . This work
will be included
in the forthcoming John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné by
Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, in collaboration with Warren Adelson and
Robert Erskine Childers,
the artist, circa 1904.
Fine Arts, 1987.
By: Natasha Wallace
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