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Venice

Artist:
John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Date:
1880–82
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper
Dimensions:
9 7/8 x 14 in. (25.1 x 35.6 cm) Mat: 14 1/4 × 19 1/4 in. (36.2 × 48.9 cm) Framed (standard exhibition frame): 16 1/4 × 21 1/4 × 1 1/8 in. (41.3 × 54 × 2.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Accession Number:
50.130.29
Not on view
In his oils of Venice from the early 1880s Sargent avoided the characteristically picturesque views painted by his contemporaries. Instead he depicted Venetians engaged in quotidian activities in subdued interiors and narrow, dark alleys and passageways. He probably made this watercolor in preparation for such an oil. The sheet offers an oblique view into a shallow, boxlike space and emphasizes the dynamic recession of the planes of the street.
Inscription: [on verso at upper left]: 109 Venice / By J.S. Sargent / E.S. / 8 /J [encircled]; [at center]: S /20
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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