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Wineglasses

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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Although dated 1874 on the canvas, Sargent most likely painted this study of a shaded veranda the following year at Saint-Enogat in Brittany. He spent the summer of 1875 there, when he was just 19 years old. The fluid brushwork shows the influence of Impressionism, a new way of painting, particularly outdoors, which Sargent had been studying while in Paris. This type of setting – an outdoor location where there is eating and drinking – often appears in Impressionist paintings. Sargent is particularly attentive to the play of light and the way that objects, such as the tablecloth, reflect light and colours from their surroundings. Despite its apparent informality, this is a structured, even complex, composition. Sargent is interested in the different shapes within the scene and in the visual relationship between surfaces and edges.

The National Gallery, London

London

Title

Wineglasses

Date

possibly 1875

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 45 x W 37.5 cm

Accession number

NG6670

Acquisition method

accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Gallery, 2018

Work type

Painting

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