Reapers Resting in a Wheat Field

Artist: John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)

Date: 1885

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 28 x 36 in. (71.1 x 91.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950

Accession Number: 50.130.14


Sargent spent the summer and fall of 1885 in Broadway, a village in the English Cotswolds popular with many English and American artists and writers. This fluidly painted landscape conveys the pleasures of his rural idyll. The bright palette reflects the warmth of the midday sun, while Sargent’s sickle-shaped brushstrokes and impressionist technique evoke the reapers’ tools and labor.