The National Gallery of Art in Washington presents from October 2, 2022 to January 2, 2023 "Sargent and Spain": some 140 unpublished oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and photographs by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), some of which have probably taken by the artist himself during his travels in Spain and the Balearic Islands at the beginning of the 20th century.
“Sargent and Spain” explores for the first time how the artist interacted with the country in all its dimensions and represented it in his paintings, drawings and photographs, said Kevin Feldman, director of the National Gallery of Art.
The exhibition will be articulated in 6 sections, the first evoking the immersion of the young Sargent in the universe of Spanish art, and particularly Velasquez at the Prado. The second section will show how the artist represented Spanish dancers and musicians, largely inspired by Andalusian traditions.
The following three sections will present Sargent's approach to the landscapes and architectural features that struck him during his visits.
As for the last part, it evokes the painter's exploration of religious imagery linked to Spanish Catholicism, which is particularly reflected in the frescoes on the theme of the "Triumph of religion" that he produced for the Boston Public Library between 1895 and 1919.
A strong and lasting friendship bound Claude Monet to John Sargent. In 1885, the latter notably executed "Claude Monet painting at the edge of a wood".
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