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John Singer Sargent painted the intimate watercolor entitled A Siesta in 1907. This artwork was done during the final stage of the artist’s career, where he had a very different approach to his work. The painter was academically trained and studied at the heart of European art; Paris. Sargent developed an outstanding technique and gained positive attention from the critics with his portraits. In fact, he won Honorable Mention from the prestigious Paris Salon for a portrait painting of his teacher entitled Carolus-Duran.
It was under the wing of Carolus Duran that Sargent would slowly learn to let go of the strict regulations of the academies. The artist would adopt a more modern method throughout his career, working with less structured underdrawings and looser brush strokes. During the peak of his fame, Sargent had many commissioned paintings to conclude – all portraits of influential people of high-class society. Although it was what eventually helped his career grow, mainly because of his praise of the Paris Salon, the artist decided to try out different kind of projects and themes, like painting murals for the Boston Public Library.
Another significant influence upon Sargent’s shift to a more modern direction was the passing of his mother a couple of years earlier to the painting A Siesta. Mary Newbold Singer Sargent saw his potential at an early age, and as a watercolor painter herself, she ultimately became his biggest supporters. Sargent was working in Jerusalem when he found about her passing and urged his family to postpone the funeral until he could arrive. After this mark in his life, Sargent perfected his work with watercolors and stopped making commissioned portraits altogether.
The sunny painting A Siesta shows an intimate scene of two women sleeping on the grass. Sargent’s Impressionistic take on this modern scene is an influence of his friend Claude Monet, who showed him the pleasures of working en plein air, meaning they painted outside. This technique allowed the painters to observe the different optical effects of natural sunlight through different times of the day. Sargent executed this painting in a fast manner, with visible brush strokes. The two female figures are a bit more realistic, compared to the rest of the scene, and the girl on the left holds a parasol that creates a refreshing shade.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of A Siesta, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of A Siesta that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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