Featured Artist: John Singer Sargent

oystersJohn Singer Sargent, En Route pour la pêche (Setting out to Fish), 1878

For the first time ever, the Corcoran Gallery of Art is bringing together 80 paintings and watercolors from American portraitist John Singer Sargent. Sargent and the Sea is a glimpse into the artist’s seaside paintings from the first five years of his career. This groundbreaking exhibit is the first of its kind, focusing on Sargent’s landscapes rather than the society portraiture for which he is known.

John Singer Sargent was born to expatriate American parents during the mid-19th century. A talented artist from the beginning, Sargent studied in Paris under Carolus-Duran, the progressive modernist portrait artist. There, he spent his summers painting numerous outdoor figure sketches and landscapes, including En Route pour la peche, currently on display at the Corcoran.

Sargent premiered his work in the Salons of Paris, making him a perfect contributor for this month’s Art Salon at the Corcoran: a unique convergence of art, artists and art enthusiasts in the District.

Make sure to RSVP by October 29 for free admission to the Corcoran.

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