Sargent: The Piazzetta, Poster

About the Artist

By the turn of the century John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was 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.

Sargent: The Piazzetta, Poster

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This poster is a reproduction of The Piazzetta (c. 1911), attributed to John Singer Sargent. Perhaps as an antidote to formal portraits, Sargent turned increasingly to watercolor after 1900. In depictions of Venice, which he visited almost yearly, Sargent’s favorite perspective was from a gondola, at water level. Fluid and painterly, Sargent’s watercolors were composed directly in color; rarely were the forms outlined in pencil. Blue often dominates his Venetian scenes as if not only the water but also the stones and boats reflect the sky in the light of the lagoon.

 

  • 20 x 24 inches (image: 16 x 20 inches)


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