Dolce Far Niente
John Singer Sargent
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
John Singer Sargent spent part of several summers painting open-air subjects in Italy’s Val d’Aosta. The resulting works reveal his pleasure in the description of vividly brilliant light. To suggest an alluring sensuality, Sargent often dressed his models in costumes that he had purchased in the Middle East. Here, several figures almost seem to merge with the water, enhancing the intimacy of the gathering. All three male figures were modeled by Nicola d’Inverno, Sargent’s servant, a fact that reveals the contrivances underpinning this seemingly casual scene.
Oil on canvas
16 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. (41.3 x 71.7 cm)
frame: 24 3/8 x 36 3/8 x 3 in. (61.9 x 92.4 x 7.6 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "John S. Sargent"
Bequest of A. Augustus Healy
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John Singer Sargent (American, born Italy, 1856-1925). Dolce Far Niente, ca. 1907. Oil on canvas, 16 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. (41.3 x 71.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of A. Augustus Healy, 11.518 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 11.518_PS6.jpg)
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