John Singer Sargent’s Capri, probably painted in the summer of 1878 when the artist was only 22 years old, coincided with a time of tremendous artistic output that also forged the masterpiece En Route pour la pêche (Setting out to Fish). That summer of 1878 the young artist travelled from his home in Paris to Capri, the beautiful islands around Naples, and it was on the roof above his hotel that he captured this resonant image. Perhaps inspired by the waterfront galleries and local museums displaying romantic, idealised paintings of the people of Capri, Sargent immersed himself in his Italian dream, producing vivid, incandescent studies of beachfronts, local families, and earthly textures, all rendered with a luminous range of tones and hues. It was there that the young Sargent met Rosina Ferrara, a native of the island whose beauty captivated many artists that made the pilgrimage to the island in the late 1870s and early 1880s. Seeking fresh ideas, figures, and surroundings, Sargent was taken aback by the beauty of the islanders, particularly the 17-year old Rosina.
Painting over 12 reproductions of her likeness during his short stay on Anacapri, Sargent was neither the first nor the last nineteenth century artist to be fixated with Rosina. Frank Hyde, Charles Sprague Pearce, and George Randolph Barse (whom she later married), also painted the young girl. Capri is a joyous and exoticized view of Rosina and her homeland. What many artists would playfully declare to be the ‘savage’ nature of the island and its inhabitants was a prime reason for their journey for inspiration – hoping to find the meeting point between the Mediterranean and the Arab worlds. Sargent would indeed paint Rosina in a number of classical poses – in a toga, with a lute – and Capri certainly seems to fall into this category. A celebratory canvas and reproduction of a beloved subject, Capri shimmers with the idealization of youth as Rosina dances the tarantella, the dance of Southern Italy.
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