An Out-of-Doors Study

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925): An Out-of-Doors Study, 1889 (Oil on canvas, Brooklyn Museum) – This study of French painter Paul Helleu working outdoors is a painting about the act of painting. Sargent carefully records the precise pose of Paul’s hand and his intense concentration as he applies paint to his canvas, while his wife Alice appears listless as she gazes away. It is an experimental work, and the composition is deliberately constructed around the diagonal of the red canoe and the easel…

John Singer Sargent  An Out-of-Doors Study

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