“Santa Maria della Salute,” by John Singer Sargent, 1904, translucent and opaque watercolor with graphite underdrawing, 18 3/16 x 23 in. Collection the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York

The Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts are combining some of their vast holdings for a major exhibition of John Singer Sargent’s watercolors that will be on view in Brooklyn, Boston, and Houston.

“Simplon Pass: Reading,” by John Singer Sargent, ca. 1911, opaque and translucent watercolor and wax resist with graphite underdrawing, 20 1/16 x 14 1/6 in. Collection the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Brooklyn Museum, together with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has organized the landmark exhibition John Singer Sargent Watercolors, which unites for the first time the holdings of Sargent watercolors acquired by the two institutions in the early 20th century. The 93 watercolors in the exhibition, including 38 from Brooklyn’s collection, most of which have not been on view for decades, provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to view a broad range of Sargent’s finest production in the medium.

The exhibition will also present nine oil paintings, including Brooklyn’s “An Out-of-Doors Study, Paul Helleu and His Wife” (1889), and Boston’s “The Master and His Pupils” (1914). The exhibition will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum from April 5 to July 28, 2013, and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 13, 2013- January 20, 2014. It will then travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

“The Bridge of Sighs,” by John Singer Sargent, ca. 1903-04, translucent and opaque watercolor with graphite and red-pigmented underdrawing, 9 15/16 x 14 in. Collection the Brooklyn Museum, New York

The Brooklyn Museum and MFA Publications are co-publishing a fully illustrated book to accompany the exhibition. Co-authored by the collaborative exhibition team, the volume includes a lead essay by Erica E. Hirshler; a collaborative essay by the lead project conservators, Antoinette Owen and Annette Manick; and chapters that expand upon the exhibition’s thematic framework. For more information, visit www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/sargent_watercolors/ or www.mfa.org/exhibitions/john-singer-sargent-watercolors.


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