John Singer Sargent Watercolors

“To live with Sargent’s water-colours is to live with sunshine captured and held,” according to the painter’s first biographer. Presenting more than 90 of Sargent’s dazzling works, this exhibition, co-organized with the Brooklyn Museum, combines for the first time the two most significant collections of watercolor paintings by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), images created by a consummate artist with daring compositional strategies and a complex technique. “John Singer Sargent Watercolors” also celebrates a century of Sargent watercolors at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

“John Singer Sargent Watercolors” offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to view the magnificent works Sargent produced between 1905 and 1911, when he was at the height of his artistic powers and internationally recognized as the greatest American painter of his age. Never before explored in a focused exhibition, his bold and experimental approach to the medium caused a sensation in Britain and great excitement in America. The Brooklyn and Boston holdings were purchased by the two museums straight from Sargent’s only two American watercolor exhibitions, held at Knoedler Gallery in New York. (Brooklyn acquired its collection in 1909, and the MFA in 1912.) These daringly conceived compositions (along with a select group of oils), made in Spain and Portugal, Greece, Switzerland and the Alps, regions of Italy, Syria and Palestine, demonstrate the unity of Sargent’s artistic vision after the turn of the 20th century, when he sought to liberate himself from the burden of portrait commissions and to devote himself instead to painting scenes of landscape, labor, and leisure.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue exploring Sargent’s engagement with watercolor painting and examining the technical mastery that led to such brilliant work.

October 13, 2013 - January 20, 2014
Ann and Graham Gund Gallery
John Singer Sargent Watercolors

Sargent's Daughters
The Biography of a Painting

MFA Spotlight
John Singer Sargent: Murals in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Sargent and Italy
John Singer Sargent
Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's Triumph of Religion at the Boston Public Library
Sargent Corfu: Lights and Shadows Silk Scarf
Sargent Fruits and Gourds
Mini Umbrella

Sargent Note Card Box
Sargent Note Cube
Sargent Venice: Under the Rialto Bridge Framed Magnet
Sargent Lemons Placemat
Sargent Pomegranates Tea Towel
Simplon Pass: The Tease Music Box
Sargent Simplon Pass Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
Sargent La Biancheria Jigsaw Puzzle
Sargent Bedouin Camp Jigsaw Puzzle
Sargent Mountain Fire Jigsaw Puzzle
Luminous Watercolor with Sterling Edwards: Spring Landscape DVD
Sargent Art on Demand Prints
Sargent Villa Di Marlia Lucca: Balustrade Poster
Sargent Villa di Marlia, Lucca: A Fountain Poster
Sargent Corfu: The Terrace Poster
Villa di Marlia, Lucca Poster
Corfu: Lights and Shadows Poster
Sargent Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d’Hiver Poster
Simplon Pass: Reading
11 x 14 Matted Print

Sargent Port of Soller
11 x 14 Matted Print

Sargent La Riva
11 x 14 Matted Print

Sargent Corfu: Cypresses
11 x 14 Matted Print

Sargent Melon Boats
11 x 14 Matted Print

Sargent Fishing for Oysters at Cancale
11x14 Matted Print

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit
11x14 Matted Print

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit Mini Framed Ornament
Boit Daughters Vase Pattern Pillow
The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit Magnet
Sargent Murals Magnet Set/2