Venetian Glass Workers

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1880/82

Artist:

John Singer Sargent
American, 1856–1925

About this artwork

Trained in Paris, John Singer Sargent traveled to Spain, the Netherlands, and Italy early in his career in order to study how painters such as Diego Velázquez and Frans Hals captured the effects of light and rendered figures in space. Venetian Glass Workers is one of several genre scenes featuring glass-bead workers that Sargent executed in the early 1880s. This backlit view of a shop in Venice is dark and atmospheric except for the brilliant strokes of light green and silvery white paint that describe the canes of glass as tradespeople prepare to cut them into bead-sized pieces, which will then be polished and strung into jewelry.

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American Art

Artist

John Singer Sargent

Title

Venetian Glass Workers

Origin

Venice

Date

1880–1882

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "John S. Sargent"

Dimensions

56.5 × 84.5 cm (22 1/4 × 33 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1217

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