Thistles

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

Image actions

  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1883/89

Artist:

John Singer Sargent
American, 1856–1925

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 176

Artist

John Singer Sargent

Title

Thistles

Origin

England

Date

1883–1889

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

55.9 × 71.8 cm (22 × 28 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Brooks McCormick

Reference Number

1996.446

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share