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John Singer Sargent painted the peaceful scene entitled By the River I in 1885. This was a turbulent time for the artist, as his reputation had taken a turn for the worst a year earlier when he exhibited Madam X causing a scandal from the audience. Because of the public’s repulse, Sargent traveled to America and Britain in search for new patrons to buy commissioned art. During the same year the artist painted By the River I, he also painted the Impressionistic masterpiece entitled Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose which boosted Sargent’s career once again.
Inspired by the Impressionists, in 1885 Sargent began to work en plein air with his new friend Claude Oscar Monet. They painted outdoors to observe and capture the fleeting effects of sunlight over a scene. The artwork By the River I was most likely painted en plein air. A woman wearing a fashionable dress of the period sits in a small boat while reading a book. The ruffled fabric of her long white skirt is a reference to the classic paintings, although being somewhat loosely painted. The woman’s long sleeve blouse is violet, matching the purple and blue flowers on her wicker hat. In a scene of stillness, she looks down at her book with a bland expression. The model also wears white gloves and has a green parasol leaning on her legs. The boat was painted in beautiful shades of ochre, orange, and brown, which create a complementary contrast with the colors used on the female figure.
The background is painted in a more loosely manner compared to the central image and gives a more Impressionistic view to the painting. The left side of the canvas shows the river in light blue and the farther it gets from the viewer, the darker the scene appears. The towering trees painted in dark blue, green and brown reflect on the water’s surface and blend in with another. What makes the separation of water and land visible are the white swans swimming on the far background that pop out in the shadows. The right side of the background is bathed in sunlight, creating a beautiful contrast. Sargent depicts vibrant green grass with specks of white and ochre flowers. There is a row of brown, red, and blue trees that follow the river banks and create unity in the artwork.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of By the River I, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of By the River I 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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