1913
American
oil on canvas
United States
Unframed: 22 × 28 in. (55.88 × 71.12 cm)
Framed: 34 3/4 × 40 1/2 in. (88.27 × 102.87 cm)
58.11
As a respite from his unrelenting wave of society-portrait commissions, John Singer Sargent produced numerous impressionist paintings of artist friends and family on summer sojourns. The Sketchers marks the culmination of these “painted diaries,” which celebrate the sensuous satisfactions of art and friendship. It depicts the artists Wilfrid de Glehn and Mary Foote contentedly at work on canvases in a lush Italian olive grove in San Vigilio, near Lake Garda. The painting’s inventive composition, bold palette, and fluid brushwork reveal Sargent’s awareness of modernist tendencies that were rocking the international art scene.
not signed
upper left frame: VMFA tag; bottom center frame: Eli Wilner tag; on foam backing: "Amon Carter Museum / American Impressionism and Realism / 8/20/94-10/30/94 cat no. 66"; "Whitney Museum of American Art / no. JSS.86.391 / John Singer Sargent 10/7/86-1/4/87"
#53187-549
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
2018: Collecting for the Commonwealth Preserving for the Nation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1919-2018, Winter Antiques Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York City, NY, January 18 - 26, 2018.

Jewel City: Art of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, October 17, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, National Portrait Gallery, London, February 12 – May 25, 2015; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, June 29 – October 4, 2015

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, October 5, 2009 – January 24, 2010; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, February 28 – May 23, 2010

A Golden Legacy: Fifty Years of the Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund, Deane Gallery, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va., April 2 – August 18, 2002

John Singer Sargent: Portraits of the Wertheimer Family, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va., July 11 – October 29, 2000

America Around 1900: Impressionism, Realism, and Modern Life, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va., June 14 – September 17, 1995; Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, October 27 1995 – January 14, 1996

American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885-1915, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, May 10 – July 24, 1994; The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Forth Worth, TX, August 21 – October 30, 1994; The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, December 3, 1994 – February 5, 1995; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, March 12 – May 14, 1995

Sargent Exhibition, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, January 26 – February 23, 1989; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum, Yamaguchi, March 2 – April 2, 1989; Kumamoto Prefectural Museum, Kumamoto, April 8 – May 7, 1989; The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Otsu, May 13 – June 11, 1989

John Singer Sargent, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, October 1, 1986 – January 4, 1987; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, February 4 – April 19, 1987.

Celebration, Sarah Scaife Gallery, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, PA, October 25, 1974 – January 5, 1975

American Impressionist Painting, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., July 1 – August 26, 1973; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, September 18 – November 2, 1973; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, December 15, 1973 – January 31, 1974; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, March 8 – April 29, 1974

Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Va., October 6 – 30, 1967

Landscape Painting 1650-1960, Artmobile, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va., March 11 – May 18, 1963

[No Title], Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, September 23 – October 15, 1962

American Classics of the Nineteenth Century, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, October 18 – December 1, 1957; Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY, January 5 – February 6, 1958; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va., February 14 – March 16, 1958; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, April 1 – May 4, 1958; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH, May 21 – June 25, 1958

Panama–Pacific International Exposition, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, February 20 – December 4, 1915, no. 3629.

Royal Academy, London, 1914, no. 29.

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John Singer Sargent
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