Sargent watercolor exhibit closing

January 10, 2014
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The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) will close the exhibition of 92 rarely-seen John Singer Sargent watercolors on Jan. 20.

The 92 watercolors on display were made during Sargent’s painting trips throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and they include portrayals of Venetian architecture, Bedouin camps, villa gardens, intertwined figures and sun-struck stone.

The exhibit is a joint venture between the MFA and the Brooklyn Museum in New York. The Brooklyn Museum holds a collection of works from before 1910, the MFA has none from that period.

Sargent was a prominent Boston-based American artist during the later 1800s and early 20th century. Some of his well-known works include “El Jaleo,” on prominent display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the murals in the MFA’s colonnade.

The MFA is located at 465 Huntington Ave. Its website is mfa.org.

Sargent’s painting “The Bridge of Sighs.” (Photo Courtesy MFA)

Sargent’s painting “The Bridge of Sighs.” (Photo Courtesy MFA)

Sargent’s painting “Simplon Pass: Reading.” (Photo Courtesy MFA)

Sargent’s painting “Simplon Pass: Reading.” (Photo Courtesy MFA)

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