John Singer Sargent Watercolors at the MFA

21 Nov

John Singer Sargent's Watercolors at the MFAEver since having had Mr. Rodriguez as my 9th grade Art History professor, a love for art and the story each artist left behind became engrained in me. There is something so timeless about art pieces in that they can transport you back to a completely different time and place, yet you’re standing in the present.

John Singer Sargent's Watercolors at the MFAThe last time I visited the Museum of Fine Arts, I was with two of my best friends, Jackie and Danielle, who now live in different cities and on a new path in their lives.  It is crazy to think that its been over 6 months since I was last here to see the Mario Testino exhibit. This time, I was lucky enough to get a full fledged tour of the classic painter, Jean Singer Sargent. Known for his watercolors, it is an exhibit that cannot be missed. We were really luck in that we had the curator herself, Erica Hirshler, walk us through her creation. What a treat to have the mind who envisioned the look and feel and placement of the pieces for ourselves for an hour.

Venice Collection at John Singer Sargent's Watercolors at the MFAThe gallery was arranged by theme and geography. As you entered, you were transported back to the olden days in Venice. Sargent called Venice his fountain of youth and oh what a dream it looked to be. I would love to be able to experience this beautiful city in person. Each piece shows Sargent moving through the city, from his gondola, as there was never anywhere solid from his water vantage point. I was able to feel the majestic nature of the Venice by merely standing and looking at the pieces he painted.

 John Singer Sargent's Watercolors at the MFAIn another room, it was amazing to see the distinction between Sargent’s incorporation of watercolor and oil, or lack thereof. Both were beautiful pieces but Sargent painted them in the same fashion: tipping up composition, no horizon line, and tension of view into space and pattern on surface. It was quite fascinating to see.

Erica telling us about  John Singer Sargent's Watercolors at the MFAIt was an absolute pleasure to hear Erica speak. Here is a photo of her doing her thing!  She detailed every nook and cranny of the intricacies of John Singer Sargent’s history and how the pieces evolved from Brooklyn Museum and MFA’s own collection. Everything was so well thought out, from the paint selection of each room, to the compilation of Sargent paintings to the placement of pieces that highlighted oil versus watercolor.  I wish I could walk through every exhibition with her!

The ladies at  John Singer Sargent's Watercolors at the MFAI cannot think of a better way to spend an afternoon than with some new and old friends, Smita from Hogger & Co, Ana from Scavengenius, Elizabeth of Seagrass Studio, Alaina from So Alaina.

You really cannot miss this exhibition. It is truly one of a kind. John Singer Sargent’s Watercolors is on display until January 20, 2014. That date will be coming around the corner than you think, so get on over to the MFA for a fabulous day with art. If you’re strapped for cash, but want to get to the exhibit, the MFA offers voluntary contribution evenings on wednesdays after 4pm and Bank of America card holders are offered free admission on the first Saturday of the month, ahem, December 7th.

Thank you MFA for having us and Smita for organizing!

4 Responses to “John Singer Sargent Watercolors at the MFA”

  1. alainaisbouts November 22, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    good pictures, but great history and information. it was so nice to meet you and hope you got a good night’s rest that night. well done girl 🙂

    • Elizabeth Halle November 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      It was so nice to meet you. I cannot wait for future events and museumings that we do!!

  2. elizabeth swartz (@elizabethswartz) November 23, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    such a nice afternoon! I’m looking forward to our next museum field trip

    • Elizabeth Halle November 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      Me too! I hope we get to head to Isabella Gardner museum soon! 🙂

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