The Brooklyn Museum exhibits Sargent

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New York, 9 April 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston have organised an exhibition on the watercolours of John Singer Sargent, which is held from 5 April to 28 July 2013.

This event titled “John Singer Sargent Watercolors” reunites, for the first time in twenty years, the pieces acquired by the two museum institutions at the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition includes 93 works, 38 of which are part of the collection of the Brooklyn Museum and have not been viewed for decades. The artist’s watercolours became known since his first exhibitions in New York in 1909. The themes of these watercolours include scenes from Venice, Mediterranean ships, intimist portraits, as well as a series of Bedouins created during the artist’s voyage to Syria in 1905-1906.

Among the works on display:

  •     Santa Maria della Salute, 1904, a painting exploring the most beautiful architectures of Venice;
  •     The Bridge of Sighs, circa 1903–4, a painting representing gondoliers;
  •     Bedouins, circa 1905–6, a work created during the artist’s voyage to Syria;
  •     A Tramp, circa 1904–6, a portrait of a public figure;
  •     In a Medici Villa, 1906, a painting that reveals the artist’s love for formal Italian gardens.

The paintings are issued from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and are of great quality, representing themes from the artist’s most recent voyages to the Italian Alps, the marble mines of Carrara, as well as other portraits. The event will also feature new discoveries based on scientific studies conducted on the pigments used by the artist, his drawing techniques, his paper preparations and his manner of painting. These discoveries will be shown at a special section. Finally, some works selected among those exhibited will be accompanied by videos showing watercolours created by contemporary artists using the artist’s methods.

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