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In a Medici Villa , 1906 Translucent Watercolor and Touches of Opaque Watercolor With Graphite Underdrawing 53.8 X 36.5 Cm © Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum of Art
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Corfu: Lights and Shadows , 1909 Translucent and Opaque Watercolor With Graphite Underdrawing 40.3 X 53 Cm © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund
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The Cashmere Shawl , circa 1911 Translucent Watercolor and Touches of Opaque Watercolor and Wax Resist With Graphite Underdrawing 50.7 X 35.5 Cm © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund
Watercolors

200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052
April 5th, 2013 - July 28th, 2013
Opening: April 5th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.brooklynmuseum.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
brooklyn
EMAIL:  
information@brooklynmuseum.org
PHONE:  
718-638-5000
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed, Fri-Sun 11-6; Thu 11-10

DESCRIPTION

This landmark exhibition unites for the first time the John Singer Sargent watercolors acquired by the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the early twentieth century. The culmination of a yearlong collaborative study by both museums, John Singer Sargent Watercolors explores the watercolor practice that has traditionally been viewed as a tangential facet of Sargent’s art making. The ninety-three pieces on display provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to view a broad range of the artist’s finest production in the medium.

Brooklyn’s thirty-eight watercolors, most of which have not been on view for decades, were largely purchased from Sargent’s 1909 debut exhibition in New York. Their subjects include Venetian scenes (The Bridge of Sighs), Mediterranean sailing vessels, intimate portraits (A Tramp), and Bedouin subjects (Bedouins). Boston’s watercolors, purchased in 1912, are more highly finished than the Brooklyn works. They feature subjects from his travels to the Italian Alps, the villa gardens near Lucca, and the marble quarries of Carrara, as well as portraits. The exhibition also presents nine oil paintings, including Brooklyn’s An Out-of-Doors Study, Paul Helleu and His Wife (1889) and Boston’s The Master and His Pupils (1914).

New discoveries based on scientific study of Sargent’s pigments, drawing techniques, and paper preparation are featured in a special section deconstructing his techniques. Select works throughout the exhibition are paired with videos that show a contemporary watercolor artist demonstrating some of Sargent’s methods.