Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sargent's Alligators

Sargent's Alligators
In response to my recent post about Rembrandt’s elephants, there were suggestions that perhaps alligators were not getting their proper representation as subjects for great artists.

In return, I give you John Singer Sargent’s beautiful watercolor of Muddy Alligators, and some related drawings.

Original is in the Worcester Art Museum; slightly larger version on WikiPaintings.



7 thoughts on “Sargent's Alligators

  1. Kate

    Wow! What a magnificent work! The bleached light and the perfect shade tone, with such a clever composition that intermingles the bodies, and makes them look even more dangerous… and the mouths and teeth!

  2. David J Teter

    Oh yeah, gators! I forgot about the Sargent Alligators.
    I should say this, my comment, came about because for about 2 hours your site was down and the page showed GatorHost, hence my comments.
    I figured you were going to have to pay homage to the gator, which you did in grand fashion!

    The watercolor, for all of Sargents usually looser paintings this one is more carefully studied. It is simply a marvel.
    It is a mastery of light, darks, colors and design.

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