John Singer Sargent painted The Bathers during the end of his career, in the year 1917. The artist continued working until his death, and many museums still wanted to acquire his work during this period. He decided to keep his American citizenship after declining a knighthood, visiting the United States of America on many occasions, including his two-year stay from 1915 to 1917 when he painted The Bathers.
Classically trained in the painterly craft, Sargent studied in the academic ways and was profoundly influenced by El Greco and Diego Velazquez. These influences can be seen in his earlier works. After strong influences from Carolus Duran, his teacher, he was able to let go of the strict techniques and began to work more loosely. The artist achieved a balance between traditional and modern painting, but later in his career leaned more to the Impressionist style.
The watercolor painting entitled The Bathers depicts three men on a sunny Florida beach. The figure on the left is sitting and leaning back on both hands, looking to a point far from the scene depicted in the painting. The man positioned in the middle is comfortably laying on his stomach and looking out to the ocean, while the man closest to the viewer, on the right side of the artwork, is sitting and facing the viewer. Sargent positioned this man with his arm stretched out, exceeding the limit of the paper.
The forefront is filled with an ochre pigment, representing sand, while the middle of the composition holds many trees. This area of vegetation creates the shades upon the figure’s bodies, and Sargent used a refreshing blend of dark blue, green, yellow and brown. The blue sea can be seen behind the arc created by the branches and a faraway city with a bridge and mountaintops can be seen in the far background.
Sargent used a beautiful and tropical color palette playing with cool and warm pigments. The men are basking in the shallow waters, which the painter represents with strokes of blue, violet, and white over the ochre-colored sand. The cool water contrasts with the warm brown skin of the men. Sargent was able to portray a sunny scene in an Impressionistic way, using little detail and visible brushstrokes.
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