John Singer Sargent (American, b. Italy, 1856–1925)
The Sketchers, 1913
Until around the turn of the twentieth century, John Singer Sargent worked prolifically in portraiture, mostly commissions from the wealthy. Tired of the relentless demand for his skills, he turned his attention to other projects, including murals for the Boston Public Library, and watercolors and oils done for his own pleasure. He traveled often with friends, and he liked to work outdoors in natural light. He created many impressionist works of artist friends and family, which he called “painted diaries.” In The Sketchers, Wilfrid de Glehn and Mary Foote are shown in an Italian olive grove.
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