The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy

Painting of woman painting portrait of man in front of waterfall

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Date:

1907

Artist:

John Singer Sargent
American, 1856–1925

About this artwork

The year 1907 was a turning point for John Singer Sargent, as he daringly stepped away from his successful career as a portraitist in favor of plein air painting. This strong and lively work aptly captures that moment of transition, combining landscape and portraiture in a composition that speaks to friendship and painterly pursuits while also celebrating color, surface, and fleeting effects of light and movement. The couple is Wilfrid and Jane Emmet de Glehn, professional artists and Sargent’s frequent traveling companions. Although The Fountain has the appearance of spontaneity, Sargent was frequently interrupted by rain as he worked. He thus completed it over several days, requiring his friends to pose at length.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

John Singer Sargent

Title

The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy

Origin

Frascati

Date

1907

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "John S. Sargent"

Dimensions

71.4 × 56.5 cm (28 1/8 × 22 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1914.57

Extended information about this artwork

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