John Singer Sargent -- American painter
Oil on canvas
26 3/4 x 25 in.
Terra Museum of American Art, Evanston Illinois
Jpg: Carol Gerten's Fine Art
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Dennis Miller Bunker was a young American painter from Boston. He had first met Sargent in Boston the winter of '87-'88 through Mrs. Isabella Stewart Gardner, a patron of both Sargent and the young Bunker.
In the Summer, Bunker
plans to visited
Sargent at Calcot and writes to Mrs Gardner:
June 25, 1888Sargent's father was very ill and he may or may not have gone to Paris. If he did, it was for a short time. He spends a great deal of time caring for his father and with family and friends.
The painting is of Dennis Miller Bunker standing back from his own painting with Sargent's sister Violet (who would have been approximately 18 years old) sitting at the edge of a creek. It is painted in a free style, heavy and unfinished in the impressionists sense with the color range being very muted. Blacks and browns and muted greens predominate in the surrounding scene and we see a heavy contrast between the white suit of Dennis' clothes and Violets blouse against her black skirt.
ExhibitionsJohn Singer Sargent, An Exhibition -- Whitney Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987
Impressionism Abroad: Boston and French Painting: Royal Academy of Arts, London; Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL; 2005-2006
By: Natasha Wallace
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