An Out-of-Doors Study
John Singer Sargent
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
In the late 1880s, the American expatriate John Singer Sargent experimented with portrait compositions whose informality and naturalness stood in sharp contrast to his commissioned studio portraits of elegant society types. Inspired in part by the Impressionist works of his friend Claude Monet, this portrait depicts another French artist friend, Paul Helleu, and his young wife, Alice, at Fladbury, in England’s Cotswolds. Liberated from pictorial conventions, Sargent here featured the compositional asymmetry, natural light, and casual inattention of his “sitters.”
Oil on canvas
frame: 41 1/2 x 48 5/8 x 6 in. (105.4 x 123.5 x 15.2 cm)
25 15/16 x 31 3/4 in. (65.9 x 80.7 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "John S. Sargent"
Museum Collection Fund
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John Singer Sargent (American, born Italy, 1856-1925). An Out-of-Doors Study, 1889. Oil on canvas, frame: 41 1/2 x 48 5/8 x 6 in. (105.4 x 123.5 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 20.640 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 20.640_PS6.jpg)
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