About this artwork
The year 1907 was a turning point for John Singer Sargent, as he daringly stepped away from his successful career as a portraitist in favor of plein air painting. This strong and lively work aptly captures that moment of transition, combining landscape and portraiture in a composition that speaks to friendship and painterly pursuits while also celebrating color, surface, and fleeting effects of light and movement. The couple is Wilfrid and Jane Emmet de Glehn, professional artists and Sargent’s frequent traveling companions. Although The Fountain has the appearance of spontaneity, Sargent was frequently interrupted by rain as he worked. He thus completed it over several days, requiring his friends to pose at length.
- John Singer Sargent
- The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, lower left: "John S. Sargent"
- 71.4 × 56.5 cm (28 1/8 × 22 1/4 in.)
- Friends of American Art Collection