Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sargent and The Sea Exhibit

Tomorrow is the last day of the Sargent exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery. My two painting friends Alexandra Tyng and Sue Braswell joined me to see the exhibit today. It was very interesting to see Sargent's early sketches. He completed 13 sketchbooks by the age of eighteen!! A little disappointing if you are looking for a large collection of his oil seascapes. The main focus was the painting "En Route pour la peche". They had his preliminary drawings and oil sketches. What was most fascinating was his smaller sketch for the painting. In many ways it was more successful than the finished painting. The gestures, contrast, and reflections really pulled me in to the painting!!