John Singer Sargent painted the floral still-life entitled Poppies in 1886. This artwork is part of a series of drawing and paintings the artist concluded while in a village of the English Cotswolds, called Broadway. The studies the artist was executing were being made in preparation for his masterpiece Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. Along with many other modern painters, Sargent stayed in the picturesque village between 1885 and 1886.
During this period, the painter was very famous for his portraits of the elite society, and became very successful with many clients in many parts of the world, mainly traveling between France and England. But after his permanent move to England, the artist found it challenging to find work, because of the scandal caused by the exhibit of Madam X. His trip to Broadway was refreshing, as he immersed himself in his natural surroundings and dedicated his time to painting the vegetation and flowers he saw. As an Impressionistic influence, Sargent was concerned in capturing the natural effects of sunlight on the landscape and figures. With loose brush strokes and vibrant colors, the artist depicted what he saw in a modern way.
Sargent had a Classical artistic training since he was a young man and mirrored his work on the classic masters of the Baroque era, like Diego Velazquez. After becoming a student of the young Carolus Duran, he was able to blend his knowledge of traditional painting with the freedom of modern painting, creating a unique style. In the painting Poppies, the painter works more loosely than his previous work – in a genuinely Impressionistic style.
Playing with the notion of contrasts, Sargent created a captivating floral still-life. The top part of the canvas is virtually pitch black, taking up about a fourth of the painting and contrasting with the vibrant use of color of the flowers. Full blushes of green, white, and yellow brush strokes depict the leaves of the poppies. The flowers are mostly red with a darker pigment for the shadows, creating a darker atmosphere to the overall painting. There are a couple of purple flowers in the forefront that forms a complementary contrast with the yellow pigments. Sargent also spreads some white flowers in the composition to open up some brighter areas.
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