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Alpine Pool

Artist:
John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Date:
1907
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
27 1/2 x 38 in. (69.9 x 96.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Accession Number:
50.130.15
Not on view
Sargent’s unflagging interest in the effects of sunlight was challenged by the motif of flowing water. In depicting a brook at Purtud, Italy, he adopted a close vantage point and directed his gaze downward to the shimmering water and the rocks and foliage along the banks. The result is a nearly abstract arrangement of form and color. One critic’s description of Sargent’s technique accords well with this composition: “It is astounding to note the almost magical skill by which the swift touches of his brush build up and express the infinite varieties of the surfaces and substances which he was painting.”
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