About the Artist
By the turn of the century John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was recognized as the most acclaimed international society portraitist of the Edwardian era, and his clientele consisted of the most affluent, aristocratic, and fashionable people of his time. The artist resented the limitations of portraiture, however, and took every opportunity to paint a wide range of genre subjects. He abandoned portraiture around 1906 and worked primarily in watercolor, a medium in which he was extraordinarily gifted. Although an expatriate who lived in London, Sargent was committed to America's cultural development and executed important mural decorations for the Boston Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Harvard University's Widener Library.
This framed print of John Singer Sargent's En route pour la pêche (Setting Out to Fish) (1878) is part of our Masterworks collection of reproductions, created using the Gallery's finest-quality digital imaging. The image was printed to Gallery specifications, and the frame was selected as a style appropriate to the period.
The work depicts a scene in the quiet fishing village of Cancale, on the north coast of Brittany, France. Arranged like figures on a classical frieze, a group of women and children set out to gather fish and shellfish from shallow pools at low tide for their evening dinner. John Singer Sargent's impressive composition and deft brushwork endow the popular 19th-century subject of everyday peasant life with an unprecedented freshness.
- Archival, premium matte paper behind glass
- Archival pigment inks
- Poly frame, gold
- Ready to hang