John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

San Geremia

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
San Geremia
watercolor and pencil on paper
10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm.)
Executed circa 1907-13.
Miss Emily Sargent, London, sister of the artist.
Schweitzer Gallery, New York.
Private collection, acquired from the above.
Private collection, by descent.
Christie's, New York, 24 May 2007, lot 55.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
(Probably) W.H. Downes, John S. Sargent: His Life and Work, Boston, Massachusetts, 1925, p. 269 (as Palazzo Labbia).
Royal Academy, Exhibition of Works by the Late John S. Sargent: Winter Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, London, 1926, p. 65, no. 430, (as Palazzo Labbia, Venice).
R. Ormond, John Singer Sargent: Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors, New York, 1970, p. 257.
R. Ormond, E. Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Venetian Figures and Landscapes, 1898-1913, vol. VI, New Haven, Connecticut, 2009, pp. 26, 47, 95, 218-19, 251, no. 1159, illustrated.
London, Royal Academy, Exhibition of Works by the Late John S. Sargent: Winter Exhibition, January-March 1926 (as Palazzo Labbia, Venice).

Lot Essay

Because of the ease with which the materials can be transported, John Singer Sargent painted in watercolor throughout his travels all over the world. He was particularly fond of Venice and "after the turn of the century, the city of Venice became a second home for Sargent, and he returned there almost annually, painting voraciously in both oil and watercolour." (E. Kilmurray, R. Ormond, eds., John Singer Sargent, Washington, D.C., 1999, p. 212) The extraordinary network of canals and sumptuous architecture were of endless inspiration to Sargent, and it is not surprising that many of Sargent's Venetian watercolors do not incorporate a human figure, which had been so central to his early career. With virtuoso brushwork and distinctive color, the present work captures the qualities which have come to define Sargent's achievement in the watercolor medium.

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