Arts Everyday Living: Boyhood Reveries—Fishing in a Mountain Stream

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BOYHOOD REVERIES 

FISHING IN A MOUNTAIN STREAM

 

I don’t dig beneath the surface for things that don’t appear before my own eyes.*

John Singer Sargent

WGL203767 On His Holidays, Norway, 1901 (oil on canvas) by Sargent, John Singer (1856-1925); 137x244 cm; © Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool; (add.info.: Alexander, son of art collector George McCulloch;); American,  out of copyright

John Singer Sargent, On His Holidays, Norway, 1901, oil on canvas, Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums, Liverpool, UK

By 1901, when American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) created On His Holidays, Norway above, he was starting to focus more on outdoor activities and landscapes.  He already had established an international reputation as a portraitist, sought after by both the aristocracy and nouveau riche business tycoons. However, Sargent increasingly preferred traveling across Europe and the United States, capturing subjects like school boy Alexander McCulloch taking a break from fishing.

*Quote of John Singer Sargent from Art that Changed the World, an introduction to great masterpieces published by D.K. Publishing, 2013.

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