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John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925) Olive Grove

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3248BLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 10, 2019 10:00AM


John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925)

Olive Grove
Signed and inscribed "John S. Sargent-San Vigilio" l.l., titled and dated to 1913 in the catalogue raisonné (see below).
Watercolor and pencil on paper, 15 7/8 x 20 7/8 in. (53.0 x 40.4 cm),framed.
Condition: Sheet hinged to backing with linen tape near upper corners on the reverse, very gentle toning (also to the reverse),scattered small loose threads of paper along edges.

Provenance: John S. Ames, Boston; his heirs, 1959; through to the estate of Elizabeth M. Ames, Boston.

Literature: Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1908–1913, Complete Paintings, Volume VIII (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014),cat. no. 1734, illus. p. 326.

Exhibitions: The Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the Late John Singer Sargent, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, November 3–December 27, 1925, cat. no. 98 (watercolors); Memorial Exhibition of the Work of John Singer Sargent, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, January 4–February 14, 1926, cat. no. 1 (watercolors); Loan Exhibition of Sargent Water Colors, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May–June, 1933, cat. no. 17.

N.B. An abundant feature of the Mediterranean landscape, olive trees were the subject of several watercolors Sargent painted while visiting Italy and Greece. The grove depicted here lay on the shores of Lake Garda near the Italian fishing village of San Vigilio.
Provenance: The estate of Elizabeth M. Ames.
Estimate $35,000-55,000

Framed dimensions are 24 1/2 x 29 5/8 in.

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Yale University Press, John S. Ames, Elaine Kilmurray, Richard Ormond, Elizabeth M. Ames, Olive Grove, Greece, Italy, Cambridge, London, San Vigilio