John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Oil on canvas
27 1/2 x 38 in. (69.9 x 96.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Not on view
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.
the artist, until died 1925; his sister, Violet Sargent (Mrs. Francis Ormond), London, 1925–1950