John Singer SargentFigure Bending Over
Medium: Pencil on paper Inscribed at lower left: JS 220 Our drawing is also referred to as Young Boy Adjusting His Sandal, and is illustrated in the catalogue for Sargent's 1928 exhibition of drawings at Grand Central Art Galleries in New York. It is an example of an early study from life executed c. 1874-8.* Sargent drew continuously from an early age and had benefited from the emphasis on drawing at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence where he entered the life class in 1870. He arrived in Paris on May 16th, 1874, with a large portfolio of drawings, watercolors, and oils. The vivid impression that he and his youthful portfolio made on his first day at the studio of Carolus-Duran, ten days after his arrival in Paris, was later recorded by an American painter, Will Hickock Low (1853-1932).** This drawing has been reviewed and accepted by the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné committee. Provenance private collection Exhibitions Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, John Singer Sargent, Sketches from Life, February 14 - March 3, 1928, illus. in catalogue Flavia Ormond Fine Arts, New York, Master Drawings, January 24 - February 11, 2005, no. 25, illus. Adelson Galleries, New York, Light Impressions: American Works on Paper, 1875-1925, May 9 - June 30, 2006, no. 33, illus. in color, p. 42 Bibliography * Also photographed by Peter A. Juley, c. 1928, and the negatives are in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. The negative number for this drawing is PPJ 22605. ** Stephanie L. Herdrich and H. Barbara Weinberg with an essay by Marjorie Shelley, American Drawings and Watercolors in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: John Singer Sargent, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000), p. 119.
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