Tuesday, March 06, 2018

San Geremia by John Singer Sargent

This is a painting of Venice by John Singer Sargent which I saw at the preview exhibition of the Rockefeller Collection Auction at Christies in London (until 8 March). I highly recommend a visit!

It's worth taking a close look at how Singer Sargent conveys people in this paintings of Venice.

So here's the painting - and the details.

San Geremia (1913) by John Singer Sargent
Details of the painting
This is a side long look at the bottom left corner where the three gondolas are the foreground one is moving away from our view towards the left. The two behind are moving parallel towards the right.

The painting photographed from the side - focusing on the gondolas

Then close ups of what the brush work is actually doing to convey both gondola and the people in it

This is the left hand gondola which we see moving away from our perspective

just a very few strokes to indicate both gondola and gondalier
....and these are two parallel running gondolas moving left to right

suddenly the gondolas which are so clear at 3-4 feet have started to disappear at 3-4 inches
Interesting isn't it?


  1. Yes very interesting and encouraging! to have the confidence - to be so self assured, who cares what it is, just looking at that sort of brushwork is so exciting!

  2. Wonderful close ups showing composition devices and free and descriptive brush marks. I so enjoy 'Mark Making' - always informative and always inspiratonal. Keep up the good work! Thank you.

  3. Sorry - correction to my last comment. I meant to say that I really enjoy 'Making a Mark' and not 'Mark Making' --- woops! Hope you forgive me.

  4. What an interesting article; I especially enjoyed the close-up photos of Sargeant's brushwork in the painting.


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