Lonny Editors' Me Moments: John Singer Sargent Watercolors

Corfu: Lights and Shadows, 1909 (Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts Boston)
Cabin fever over the holidays had my family feeling a bit squirrelly, but the cold snap that was sweeping the country made getting out for air tricky. Undeterred, my dad, my oldest daughter and I headed off to Boston to take in the John Singer Sargent Watercolors exhibit on view at The Museum of Fine Arts Boston through January 20th. There, three generations of art lovers enjoyed a much needed #MeMoment as we wandered from painting to painting, taking delight in our discoveries as we were transported around the world via this spectacular show.


A master in so many things, Sargent began his career primarily working in oils and making a living with portraiture. Though he later moved away from this as a subject matter, he maintained an innate ability to capture expression in the people he studied.

(Courtesy of The Brooklyn Museum)
One of my personal favorites of the show—In Switzerland—eloquently embraces the medium of watercolor, not only in technique but also in composition. There's a carefree sense of urgency in the brushwork and sketch of this small painting that leads one to imagine that Sargent was capturing a stolen moment.

(Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum)
At the risk of stating the obvious, the man is a master at capturing atmosphere, light, and water. Of the many examples I could use, I will leave you with In a Levantine Port (ca. 1905-1906), a piece that transported me from the deep freeze to a balmy place I, personally, would much rather be right about now.

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