John Singer Sargent all at sea

John Singer Sargent

Discover a new side to John Singer Sargent, one of the world’s most famous portrait painters, in a new exhibition coming up at the Royal Academy of Arts.


En Route Pour La Peche, John Singer Sargent

A NEW SIDE to one of the world’s finest portrait painters is being revealed at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The Sargent and the Sea exhibition, running from 10 July to 26 September, covers the remarkable range of maritime works that John Singer Sargent produced in the early years of his career. Over 80 paintings, drawings and watercolours produced during the young artist’s travels from Paris to the Normandy and Brittany coasts, the Italian island of Capri, Morocco and to various Mediterranean ports forms the subject of this revelatory exhibition.

Sargent and the Sea will feature Setting Out to Fish (pictured), a major exhibition piece which was displayed at the Paris Salon in 1878. For this imposing painting of fisher folk in the Breton fishing port of Cancale, Sargent made a number of striking plein-air oil studies which will be presented with the painting. There will also be a selection of the dazzling boating watercolours that Sargent painted in Venice in the early 20th century.

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Image: John Singer Sargent, En Route pour la peche (Setting Out to Fish), 1878, Oil on canvas, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Museum Purchase, Gallery Fund 17.2 This exhibition has been organised by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in cooperation with the Royal Academy of Arts.