John Singer Sargent: His Nomadic Life and Watercolors, Lecture

Part 2 of 2 by Jane M. Mason

This second and final part of the lecture presents a closer look at watercolors of John Singer Sargent as he presented his styles of painting water—from still water to raging  torrents of water. A noted technique of his, starting in the middle value of a painting and working both to the lighter values as well as the darker values, is examined in these paintings. View Part 1

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John Singer Sargent: His Nomadic Life and Watercolors, Lecture, Part 2 by Jane M. Mason

Video Topic

John Singer Sargent’s approach to watercolor was – and continues to be – unique among watercolorists. He worked from the mid-values out. This technique is explored and  discussed in a collection of his painting depicting water. Some of his personal  brushstrokes, such as what Jane calls his “eyelash” stroke are discussed. Painting locations range from throughout Europe to Florida.


Eyelash stroke, gouache, Florence, Italy watercolors, painting water in watercolor, Sargent’s thumbprint, Sargent watercolor of ships, thumbprint on painting, torrents of water, value inart, Venice watercolors, Venetian Canal, Vizcaya: Florida, watercolor sequencing

Featured Works

  • Gardens at Florence, John Singer Sargent, 1910, Harvard Art Museums. 
  • Venetian Canal, John Singer Sargent, 1913, Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Giudecca, John Singer Sargent, 1913 (?), Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Venetian Passageway, John Singer Sargent, 1905, Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Venice, John Singer Sargent, 1903, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Mountain Torrent, John Singer Sargent, 1910, Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Rushing Water, John Singer Sargent, 1901-1907, Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Spanish Fountain, John Singer Sargent, 1912, Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Small Boats, John Singer Sargent, 1913, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Terrace, Vizcaya (Miami, Florida) , 1917, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 
  • Stream and Rocks, John Singer Sargent, 1901-1908, Metropolitan Museum of Art,

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