Gathering Blossoms, Valdemosa (Primary Title)
Girls Gathering Blossoms, Valdemosa, Majorca (Alternate Title)

John Singer Sargent, American (born Italy), 1856 - 1925 (Artist)

oil on canvas
Unframed: 28 1/4 × 22 3/8 in. (71.76 × 56.83 cm)
Framed: 39 3/4 × 33 3/4 × 3 1/2 in. (100.97 × 85.73 × 8.89 cm)
 This lyrical painting may be the finest work to come from Sargent’s two-month stay in Valdemossa on the Spanish island of Majorca. However, its title misidentifies the activity of the scene. The so-called blossoms were probably figs fallen from the limbs above. The tree is recognizable by the shape as well as the brilliant yellow of its leaves, their color during the months of Sargent’s autumn visit. Sargent’s composition may have been influenced by his mural commission for the Boston Public Library, The Triumph of Religion (1890–1919), one panel of which features fig leaves. The painting’s high vantage point effectively subverts the two figures to the dramatic overgrowth of fig tree roots, while Sargent’s deft handling essentially mimics the fertility of the natural environment.
Estate stamp on verso, covered by relining: JSS (circled)
The James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection
Ormond/Kilmurray no. 1483.
"John Singer Sargent," Michael Altman FIne Art & Advisory Services, New York (October 24 - December 6, 2013) no. 24.

"American Art from the McGlothlin Collection" Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (1 May - 18 July 2010).

"Capturing Beauty: American Impressionist & Realist Paintings from the McGlothlin Collection," Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (19 May-18 September, 2005).

"Sargent Exhibition in Japan," Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo (January 26 - February 23, 1989); The Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi (March 2 - April 2, 1989); The Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, Kumamoto (April 8 - May 7, 1989); The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga (May 13 - June 11, 1989) no. 48.
Rawles, Susan J. and Christopher C. Oliver. The James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection of American Art, A Promise Fulfilled (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2015): pp. 98-99.

Ormond, Richard, and Elaine Kilmurray. John Singer Sargent, The Complete Paintings, Volume VIII, Figures and Landscapes, 1908-1913 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014) no. 1483, pp. 68-69.

Yount, Sylvia. Private Passion, Public Promise, The James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Collection of American Art (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2010): ill. p. 53.

Martindale, Meredith. John Singer Sargent a Mallorca (Palma, Spain: Ajuntament de Palma, 2009): pp. 40, 77, 116, pl. 23.

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Adelson, Warren, Donna Janis, Elaine Kilmurray. Richard Ormond, and Elizabeth Oustinoff. Sargent Abroad: Figures and Landscapes (New York: Abbeville Press, 1997): pp. 37-38, 44, 152, 174, pl. 26.

Nobuyuki, Senzoku. Sargent Exhibition in Japan (Osaka: Yomiuri Shimbun, 1989): pp. 91, 141.

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Arts Magazine (May 1968): p. 7.

Mount, Charles Merrill. John Singer Sargent: A Biography (New York: W.W. Norton, 1955): p. 449.

Charteris, Evan. John Sargent (New York: Charles Scribner & Sons, 1927): p. 290.

Downes, William Howe. John S. Sargent: His Life and Work (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1925): p. 326.

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