“Two Girls with Parasols” by John Singer Sargent
“Two Girls with Parasols” by John Singer Sargent depicts the artist’s sister, Violet, in the foreground, and a friend walking in England’s Berkshire countryside.
In the 1880s, Sargent attended the Impressionist exhibitions, and he began to paint outdoors in the Plein-air manner after visiting Claude Monet at his home in the village of Giverny.
This painting is an unfinished canvas, which reflects Claude Monet’s influence. Sargent was inspired by the Impressionist master and purchased four Monet works for his collection.
This painting demonstrates Sargent’s spontaneous technique and brushwork in rendering figures and landscapes to capture the fleeting effects of dappled light.
After his visit to France, Sargent spent much time painting outdoors in the English countryside when not in his studio.
Sargent is usually not thought of as an Impressionist painter, but he sometimes used impressionistic techniques to significant effect.
John Singer Sargent is considered one of the leading portrait painters and is known for his evocations of the luxury of his era.
He created over 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as multiple sketches and drawings.
He also traveled extensively across Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Many of John Singer Sargent portraits, which can be found in museums across the world, depict society’s leading lights and the opulence of their time.
Two Girls with Parasols
- Title: Two Girls with Parasols
- Artist: John Singer Sargent
- Year: 1888
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dimensions: 29 1/2 x 25 in. (74.9 x 63.5 cm)
- Museum: Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET and Met Breuer
John Singer Sargent
- Name: John Singer Sargent
- Born: 1856 – Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany
- Died: 1925 (aged 69) – London, England, U.K.
- Nationality: American
- Notable Works:
John Singer Sargent Female Portraits
Explore the Met Breuer Collection
- “Madame Cézanne in the Conservatory” by Paul Cézanne
- “Salvator Mundi” by Albrecht Dürer
- “Two Girls with Parasols” by John Singer Sargent
- “Opening of the Fifth Seal” by El Greco
- “Baptism of Christ” by Jacopo Bassano
MET European Paintings Collection
- “Pygmalion and Galatea” by Jean-Léon
- “Saint Jerome as Scholar” by El Greco
- “Portrait of Juan de Pareja” by Diego Velázquez
- “Camille Monet on a Garden Bench” by Claude Monet
- “View of Toledo” by El Greco
- “The Musicians” by Caravaggio
- “The Death of Socrates” by Jacques-Louis David
- “The Harvesters” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
- “Young Woman Drawing” by Marie-Denise Villers
- “The Grand Canal, Venice” by J. M. W. Turner
- “The Houses of Parliament (Effect of Fog)” by Claude Monet
- “Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress” by Paul Cézanne
MET Modern and Contemporary Art Collection
- “Reclining Nude” by Amedeo Modigliani
- “Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II)” by Wassily Kandinsky
- “Jeanne Hébuterne” by Amedeo Modigliani
- “The Card Players” by Paul Cézanne
- “Bathers” by Paul Cézanne
MET American Wing Collection
- “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze
- “Portrait of Madame X” by John Singer Sargent
- “Mother and Child” by Mary Cassatt
- “Fur Traders Descending the Missouri” by George Caleb Bingham
- “The Gulf Stream” by Winslow Homer
John Singer Sargent: A collection
“I do not judge; I only chronicle.”
– John Singer Sargent
Photo Credit: John Singer Sargent [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons