John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper
13 3/8 x 21 1/16 in. (34 x 53.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Not on view
In June 1918, Sargent traveled to France as an official war artist for the British government. Commissioned to paint a picture commemorating the joint efforts of American and British troops, he spent four months along the Front, sketching and painting in watercolor as he searched for a subject. This watercolor is a study for the painting The Arrival of American Troops at the Front (Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma). Sargent planned the general setting for that composition, including the convoy and shattered trees. His bravura watercolor technique is evident in his rendering of the mottled bark and damaged branches of the trees.
Inscription: [on verso at lower left]: V O; [at center]: 392 [encircled]; P/[21?]
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