Alpine Pool

John Singer Sargent American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 770

While staying in the tiny hamlet of Purtud, in northern Italy, Sargent painted a series of images in oil and watercolor of the town’s small alpine brook. The flowing water challenged his unflagging interest in recording effects of sunlight. In Alpine Pool, 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.

Alpine Pool, John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London), Oil on canvas, American

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