80 works show John Singer Sargent relaxing into watercolour during 1900-18, largely for his own pleasure and often linked to travel tied into his more lucrative work, with Venice, Southern Europe and the Middle East prominent. The best (which is to say, most) have unexpected subjects or viewpoints allied to a tight structure with contrastingly loose and often surprising application of colour. And there’s magic in, for example, the way he can transmit a sense of hot or cool temperature; depict rocks under water with convincing economy of means; suggest his own movement as he paints from a gondola; or blend figures into the pattern of a landscape.
Turkish Woman by a Stream, c 1907
|Untitled, 2017 - acrylic on canvas, 160 x 40 cm|
|Tableaux en negative I, 2010 - acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60cm|