Garden Study of the Vickers Children (c. 1884) by John Singer Sargent

Garden Study of the Vickers Children - John Singer Sargent - 1884

Artwork Information

TitleGarden Study of the Vickers Children
ArtistJohn Singer Sargent
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions138.11 x 91.12 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationFlint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI, US

About Garden Study of the Vickers Children

The artwork “Garden Study of the Vickers Children,” painted by John Singer Sargent in 1884, is an exquisite example of Sargent’s mastery in portraiture and representation of youthful innocence. Crafted with oil on canvas and measuring 138.11 x 91.12 cm, this painting belongs to the Realism art movement and is currently housed at the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan, USA. The portrait genre is elegantly captured in Sargent’s depiction of two children amidst a lush garden setting.

In the artwork, two children stand in an outdoor setting rich with flora. On the right, a young girl gently holds a watering can, poised as if caught mid-motion, her gaze introspective and diverted downwards. To her left, a boy, slightly behind her, looks directly at the viewer with a serene yet scrutinous expression. Although together in the same space, there is a sense of each child being captured in their individual moment, highlighting Sargent’s ability to convey personality and interior life within his subjects. The background, while detailed with blooming white lilies, remains impressionistic, blurring into a harmonious green that sets off the figures and the delicate palette of the flowers. Sargent’s brushwork, deft and fluid, creates a snapshot that feels both immediate and timeless, revealing his profound skill in rendering the nuances of light, shadow, and the varied textures of nature and clothing.

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