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Man and Pool, Florida

Artist:
John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Date:
1917
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on white wove paper
Dimensions:
13 11/16 x 21 in. (34.8 x 53.3 cm) Mat: 22 × 28 in. (55.9 × 71.1 cm) Framed (standard exhibition frame): 24 1/2 × 30 1/2 × 1 1/8 in. (62.2 × 77.5 × 2.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Accession Number:
50.130.62
Not on view
In 1917, Sargent visited his friends, the brothers Charles and James Deering in Miami, Florida. James’s elaborate Italianate villa, Vizcaya, then under construction, captivated Sargent. He created a series of dazzling watercolors at Vizcaya, using the muscular laborers who were building the garden as models. He posed them in the preserved natural landscape on the property, combining his delight in rendering the human figure with his favorite watercolor themes of sunlight and water.
Inscription: [on verso at upper right]: [T?] Met. [4/21?]; [at lower left]: F
the artist, until d. 1925; his sisters, Mrs. Francis Ormond (Violet Sargent) and Miss Emily Sargent, until 1936 (Emily Sargent's death); Mrs. Francis Ormond, until 1950
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