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Meet the Masters

Grade Four

ARTIST: PRINT:

SARGENT, JOHN SINGER

OYSTER GATHERERS AT CANCALE CORCORAN GALLERY WASHINGTON, D.C.

(1856-1925)

19th Century American

Date: 1878 Size: 31” x 48 1/2” Medium: Oil on canvas

ARTIST - Sargent was born to American parents in Florence, Italy. He grew up in Europe and did not make his first visit to the U.S. until he was 20. As a boy, he often went on sketching trips with his mother, an amateur artist. By the time he was 12, he began painting lessons. When he was 19, his family moved to Paris where he studied with Carolus-Duran, a painter who was famous for his portraits of fashionable people.

Sargent's paintings were mostly society portraits - portraits of women in beautiful and stylish gowns. He was very good at capturing his subject's personality in these paintings. Sargent was also known in the U.S. as a mural artist. Some of which were hung in the Boston Public Library.

PRINT - Sargent’s Oyster Gatherers at Cancale, is a seaside view in Brittany which appears almost untouched by man. The movement of the painting is from right to left as we follow the oyster gatherers down the little slope, away from the lighthouse at the top. Our eyes stop now and again to gaze upon a young boy eagerly pulling up his trouser legs, two women engaged in conversation or on a child walking patiently at his mother's side. Sargent uses deeper colors to define each subject, capturing the way the light reflects off surfaces. Sargent skillfully painted the landscape and the figures. He also managed to capture some of the personalities of the people as they gaze off into the distance. He painted this scene as he found it.

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