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Three Boats in Harbor, San Vigilio

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




John Singer Sargent
American, 1856–1925

About this artwork

John Singer Sargent dedicated much effort to painting outdoors—a pursuit he thoroughly enjoyed—especially after 1907, when he stepped away from more time-consuming portraiture commissions. This canvas was painted on the shore of Lake Garda in Italy, where he traveled with friends and family in 1913. Sargent skillfully manipulated thick and thin applications of pigment to evoke rugged rock, reflective waters, fishing boats, and silhouetted figures, producing an airy and dynamic composition.

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Arts of the Americas, Gallery 171


John Singer Sargent


Three Boats in Harbor, San Vigilio


Made 1913


Oil on canvas


55.9 × 71.1 cm (22 × 28 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous loan

Reference Number

Obj: 240975

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