on the Water
John Singer Sargent -- American
Oil on board
Jpg: Lycos pic gallery
From: Owner (file 9-15-2003)
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2003
This was painted with astonishingly vigorous
brush. Signed lower left in brown by the artist.
J.S.S., unfettered by the demand for likeness took
many trips to Venice, where he painted to please himself. Most all of his
Venetian works were in watercolour, this is a very rare painting.
The mosaic like manner in which the paint is applied with happy gusto, out
shines any of his contemporaries for freedom in plien aire painting. He makes
Cezanne and Van Gogh shabby by comparison, in my opinion.
The date is correct, however he did rework the water to simplify at a later
date, according to Eugene Ormond who used the painting as the frontispiece in
his book about his famous granduncle.
[The image you have] is a very faithful
copy. I will measure it for you.
See the year in review
Additional files off record #9-15-2003