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Bringing Down Marble from the Quarries to Carrara

Artist:
John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Date:
1911
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
28 1/8 x 36 1/8 in. (71.4 x 91.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.97.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 770
Sargent consolidated many on-the-spot studies of workers into this depiction of the grueling labor, conducted without modern technology, at the historic Italian quarries. A friend recalled the artist’s devotion to the subject: “While painting at the Carrara marble quarries, [Sargent] slept for weeks in a hut so completely devoid of all ordinary comforts that his companions, far younger men, fled after a few days, unable to stand the Spartan rigors tolerated by their senior with such serene indifference.”
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