Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Art Review - "Val d'Aosta" by John Singer Sargent

For this week's #MuseumTourTuesday, I'm going back to one that I haven't seen in awhile, but it's a personal favorite of all the paintings I have ever seen in person. This piece by John Singer Sargent is part of the Brooklyn Museum's permanent collection, although it is not currently on display. I still remember the first time that Kimberly and I visited the museum back in 2009, and this painting took our breath away.

At first glance, it is almost abstract, but once you begin to focus on the piece, you clearly begin to distinguish the rocks above the water versus those below. The blue of the sky reflects off of the top of the water in the upper right, while the warm refracted light of the sun shimmers on the stones at the bottom of the pool. I especially love that it's a painting requiring viewer exploration, as it takes a few minutes to even notice the fish floating in the middle of the pond, amid all of the textural qualities of the image.

Also of note, the painting is unsigned. 

"Val d'Aosta (A Stream over Rocks; Stream in Val d'Aosta)" • John Singer Sargent
• Oil on Canvas • 21 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. • 1907-1908



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