Painter of the Day - John Singer Sargent

Can't get to London over the summer? Watch Lachlan Goudie ROI on a walk-through tour of Dulwich Picture Gallery's new exhibition of John Singer Sargent's watercolours...

Sargent practised the art of watercolour from a young age and continued to use it throughout his career, his style developing in tandem with his work in oils. By 1900, aged 44 and at the height of his career, he had grown restless, seeking escape from the confines of his studio and the pressures of portrait commissions. Working en plein air, he explored subjects of his own choosing, travelling to remote spots where he could work undisturbed. For this purpose, he regularly turned to watercolour, a medium that allowed him to paint, rapidly and without much preparation, a scene that caught his eye.

‘Sargent: The Watercolours’ brings together 80 works from arguably Sargent’s greatest period of watercolour production between 1900 and 1918.

'Sargent: The Watercolours' is open to the public until 8 Oct 2017. Find out more and book tickets at
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