Alpine Pool

Artist: John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)

Date: 1907

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 27 1/2 x 38 in. (69.9 x 96.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950

Accession Number: 50.130.15


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.