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John Singer Sargent concluded the watercolor painting entitled All' Ave Maria in 1907. The artist was painting from an early age and was academically trained. By the beginning of his career, he already positively caught the critics eyes. He successfully launched his career as a portrait painter after receiving an Honorable Mention from the Paris Salon for a portrait of his teacher entitled Carolus-Duran.
It was after Duran opened Sargent’s view on artistic production that the painter was able to trust his unique instincts. He gradually let go of the strict regulations imposed by the academies, which were based on the culture of the ancient Greeks. The traditional portraits painted by the artists were more lively as Sargent reached a balance between modern and traditional painting. In 1906, Mary Newbold Singer Sargent, the painter’s mother, passed away in London. Sargent was traveling in the Orient at the time, searching for reference material for the project he was working on at the time – murals about the history of religion for the Boston Public Library. It was after her death that the artist dedicated himself to watercolor painting, eventually mastering the craft.
Sargent was already tired of working with commissioned portraits, especially because he had to engage in conversation and amuse his sitter while he worked, something he didn’t enjoy. He became more interested in different kind of works and decided to stop taking commissioned portraits around the time of his mother’s passing. The painting All' Ave Maria was done with watercolor on paper and is a reflex of the Impressionist influence on the artist. Loosely painted with visible brushstrokes, Sargent gives an impression of what the landscape and figures are.
Earlier in his career, Sargent established a friendship with Claude Oscar Monet, who taught him about modern painting. The Impressionist worked mainly en plein air – or outdoors in French – to observe the effects of natural lighting on a landscape. Scenes with water were popular amongst this group because of the impact of light on its surface. In All' Ave Maria a large classic building was painted in shades of brown and blue on the margins of an Italian river. The people the walk on the sidewalk are painted in pure black, and the blue water reflects the colors of the scene.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of All' Ave Maria, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of All' Ave Maria 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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