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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Exhibition: Sargent: The Watercolours

We were so bowled over from the announcement of the RA’s exhibition that it slipped our mind to tell you about an equally exciting show which is opening next week at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, namely, Sargent: The Watercolours.

Being a gallery that specialises in portraiture, it may come as little surprise that we at Fine Art Commissions are incredibly interested in this particular artist.  Sargent is the most famous portrait painter of his era, and a painter that many of the artists we represent today look to for inspiration.  With his large brushstrokes, and flawless depictions of drapery, Sargent’s portraits were always animated, beautifully composed and generously painted.  His work has an elegance and softness which is hard to top, and his use of light is dramatic and theatrical. 

However, the exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery will not be showing Sargent’s portraits, they will be displaying the watercolours he painted during his time away from portrait commissions.  This is the first time in 100 years that these paintings have been on display in the UK, and will be a fantastic follow on exhibition to the NPG’s 2015 show ‘Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends´, which displayed Sargent’s non-commissioned portraits.  Combine the two and you have a well-rounded picture (excuse the pun) of what Sargent got up to when he wasn’t painting the great, the good and the fantastically wealthy!

The exhibition runs from 21st June until 8th October 2017 and there is a wonderful precis of the exhibition by Sargent’s Great-nephew, Richard Ormond on the Gallery’s website -  this will provide you with more fascinating details on Sargent and the exhibition.  See you there!

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