White ships on water

John Singer Sargent (American, born Italy, 1856 – 1925). White Ships (detail), 1908. Translucent and touches of opaque watercolor and wax resist with graphite underdrawing, 13 7/8 x 19 3/8 in. (35.2 x 49.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 09.846. Photograph Brooklyn Museum

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Churches, coastlines, gardens, royal palaces, dancing — vibrant works by John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925) immerse you in the rich culture of Spain. This exhibition, in its exclusive West coast stop, is the first to explore the influence of Spanish culture on Sargent’s dynamic visual practice. Celebrated as the society portraitist of his era, Sargent influenced a generation of American painters. His captivation with Spain, which developed over the course of seven visits taken from 1879 to 1912, resulted in a remarkable body of work. The exhibition presents an array of Sargent’s dazzling oils, watercolors, and drawings, along with never-before-exhibited photographs, showcasing Spain’s people, architecture, and magnificent urban and rural landscapes.


Sargent and Spain is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Support for the national tour has been generously provided by Bank of America.

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Lead Sponsors

Denise Littlefield Sobel

Additional support is provided by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and Wendy W. Kwok & family.

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