Pencil drawing on paper
sight 9 3/4
7 1/4 in
Offered for sale Neal Auction Comany;
12/8/2001; Lot 345; estimated [$4000/6000]
Accompanied by a letter from Odile
Duff, Research Director of the John Singer Sargent Catalogue Raisonne Committee.
Date is a rough estimate.
From: Neal Auction Comany
John Singer Sargent traveled to Spain
in September of 1879. The trip was the culmination of five years of study
in Paris and was likely influenced by French artistic interest in things
Spanish (Bizet’s opera Carmen opened in 1875). Sargent recorded his impressions
in several sketchbooks from Madrid, Granada, Seville and Tangier. A major
canvas, El Jaleo (Gardner Museum, Boston), was completed on his return
to Paris and established the young Sargent with critical success.
Pencil drawings of male Spanish dancers
in flamenco poses from Sargent’s time in Spain are part of the collections
of the Fogg Museum at Harvard University and the Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New York. The Fogg Museum and other galleries also contain numerous
examples demonstrating Sargent’s career-long interest in drawing recumbent
male nudes. “Wounded Spanish Dancer” is a work in which Sargent”s life-long
interest in studies of recumbent male figure is fused with his early study
of Spanish subjects.
See the year in review 1879