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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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 770
Sargent’s unflagging interest in recording effects of sunlight was challenged by the motif of flowing water. "Alpine Pool" belongs to a series of images in oil and watercolor that Sargent painted in the tiny hamlet of Purtud, in northern Italy. Here, and in the watercolor "Brook and Meadow" (50.130.80j), he adopted a close vantage point and directed his gaze downward to the shimmering water—exploring its transparent and reflective qualities—as well as to the rocks and foliage along the banks. The result is a nearly abstract arrangement of form and color.
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