As a young man, expatriate American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was passionate about sailing ships and the sea, beginning his career as a professional painter with a range of maritime works—the focus of this exhibition catalog from the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Of special interest are the closely related paintings Setting Out to Fish and Fishing for Oysters at Cancale, both painted in 1878 on the northern coast of Brittany in France, as well as a group of studies for these two works. The 100 color plates and detail views demonstrate his transition from a plein-air painter to a tonalist who explored interiors and urban scenes. Here too are images from a scrapbook of drawings and sketches, mostly of sea scenes, and the artist's collection of postcards.
- 11.5 x 10 inches
- 170 pages
- Published: 2009
"With brilliant and detailed illuminations, each of the five essays in Sargent and the Sea points to Sargent's changing and various perspectives on the sea itself, on boats, and on maritime lives, perspectives which informed the intense early years of his life as a painter." —The Nautilus