About this artwork
Beginning in 1885, John Singer Sargent spent more and more time painting out of doors, exploring the techniques and subjects of Impressionism, inspired by a growing friendship with Claude Monet. Working alongside fellow American artists in the rural English environs of Worcestershire, Sargent experimented with distinctly broken brushwork and a high-keyed palette. Thistles captures the tangled movement of the windblown plants in light and shadow. The landscape composition is remarkably abstract, the dynamic patterning of the thistles asserting the flatness of the picture plane more so than any sense of depth. Sargent continued painting en plein air throughout his life, a practice that provided needed respite from his busy schedule as an acclaimed portraitist.
- John Singer Sargent
- Oil on canvas
- 55.9 × 71.8 cm (22 × 28 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Brooks McCormick