John Singer Sargent -- American painter
The Corcoran Gallery of Art
Watercolor over pencil with
gouacheon cream wove paper
25.1 x 35.6 cm (9 7/8 x 14 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond (Violet Sargent)
and Miss Emily Sargent
jpg: Friend of the JSS Gallery
(click on the image to step closer)
Campo means public square or space, so this is the courtyard right off the canal facing the church Frari.
Sargent's early watercolors can be significantly different in tone to his later work. Generally you see careful brushwork and tight, small, and much more controlled washes of color than his later work. He often, but not always, used this medium in preparatory sketches to help him solidify his ideas on what he wanted to do in his oils. In this case, I'm not sure if a final oil was done of Frari or not.
As you look at the painting, we are sitting in a gondola facing the courtyard. The church can be seen, in part only, to the right. The signature circle window and arched side doorway being the most significant. The photo (left) shows the front and side elevation with the campanile (bell tower) in the background. In the photo you can see the door towards the back.
In Sargent's painting, you don't quite sense the scale of the church since he cuts it off at the top, but notice the size of the people in the larger image of the photo.
Inside the church Sargent would make sketches:
Philip Resheph helped me
being west of the Grand Canal and just slightly south in lattitude of
Rialto bridge at the bottom of (E4), top of (E5).
ExhibitionsJohn Singer Sargent, An Exhibition -- Whitney Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987
By: Natasha Wallace
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