John Singer Sargent painted the Impressionistic landscape entitled A Garden in Corfu in 1909. The artist was famous for his portraits, as the critics praised him for the artworks he exhibited in the Paris Salon. He was Classically trained in the academic world, but eventually, let go of the structured techniques and classic portraits of the elite society. This shift was partially influenced by Carolus Duran, who was his mentor and helped him create a balance between traditional and modern painting.
In A Garden in Corfu, Sargent tends more to the modern style than the classic, creating an Impressionistic landscape. This painting was done on the Greek island of Corfu, in the Ionian Sea. The scene was decorated with classic decorative vases of the Greek culture that leads to a staircase. A woman painted to the right of the canvas is looking down the stairs and wears a pure white gown, painted with blue and green shadows. The vegetation was depicted with vibrant colors, and Sargent used bright yellow pigments to convey the lively sunlight shining on the trees. Next to the model, there are some rose bushes with white flowers.
The left side of the canvas shows many large trees in shades of green and ochre, including weeping willows. In the far background, the calm sea is a deep blue that gradually gets lighter as it touches the horizon. There are also some mountain tops peeking through the vegetation, creating a surprise image for those who are careful enough to observe it. The overall scene is warm because of the yellow and ochre pigments, but the blue ocean and mountains bring a cool atmosphere to balance the landscape.
As an Impressionist, Sargent valued the natural effects of sunlight on a landscape and figures. During this time, he began working more with watercolor and gouache on paper, rather than the traditional oil painting on canvas. The artist eventually grew tired of mainly working on portraits for his clients, as he would have as many as twelve commissions per year and they took a considerable amount of time to conclude. Because of this shift in theme, Sargent found different projects to work on and began to travel in search of new landscapes and inspirations.
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