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John Singer Sargent, White Ships, 1908, watercolor over graphite, with gouache and wax resist, Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 09.846

Introduction to the Exhibition: Sargent and Spain

  • Sunday, October 2, 2022
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium

Registration Required

Registration is required and opens Friday, September 23 at noon.

Join the curatorial team of Sargent and Spain for a discussion on the genesis and significance of the exhibition.

Sarah Cash, associate curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will lead a conversation with Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, exhibition co-curators and leading authorities on the artist and authors of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné.  

A signing of the exhibition catalog follows in the East Building Concourse Shop. 

About Sargent and Spain

Celebrated American artist John Singer Sargent’s seven trips to Spain between 1879 and 1912 served as a source of rejuvenation and creativity. Internationally acclaimed as the leading society portraitist of his era, he embraced travel as a source of artistic inspiration, often to escape the pressures of that lofty position. In the exhibition Sargent and Spain, his captivation with the country is presented through approximately 120 dazzling oils, watercolors, and drawings, many of which are rarely exhibited. Also featured are never-before published photographs, several that were almost certainly taken by the artist himself.