"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: "One Hundred Years of Solitude"
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Sunday, 10 November 2019
Painting of the Month (91) Nov 2019: John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent. San VigiIio: A Boat with a Golden Sail. 1913
This lovely impressionistic painting, by
John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925) is set in San Vigilio on the beautiful and
tranquil shore of Lake Garda, Italy. It is always pleasing to look at; using a
limited palette, its use of light is magical. Are the sails golden or is it the
sunlight? All of the other elements in the picture appear to be draped in late
afternoon sunlight, (I know its afternoon and not morning because the light is
coming from the west.)
San Vigilio today
Sargent is well known as a very great
portraitist and quite rightly so, but I have always preferred his landscapes.
For me they simply convey a great joy in just looking at his subjects. He was
highly skilled in the use both oil paints and watercolours. His parents were
American but he was born in Florence and spent most of his life in Europe so he
is regarded as an American ‘expat’.
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