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John Singer Sargent - Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, 1903-1907

John Singer Sargent (Florence, 1856 - 1925, London)

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, 1903-1907

Watercolor on paper , 34.9 x 53.5 cm (13 3/4 x 21 1/16 in.)


By depicting the back of Santa Maria della Salute, Sargent renders this iconic Venetian site from an unusual, less formal perspective. The cropped view of fishing boats moored in the Giudecca Canal suggests the spontaneity of a modern snapshot. With its golden sunlight and striking composition, this is one of Sargent’s most brilliant watercolors.

Source: Oliver Tostmann and Anne-Marie Eze, The Inscrutable Eye: Watercolors by John Singer Sargent in Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Collection, exhibition on view in the Museum's Fenway Gallery, October 31, 2013–January 20, 2014.