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A Street in Venice

John Singer Sargent

American, 1856–1925

A Street in Venice

c. 1880–82

This narrow alleyway, with its peeling plaster walls and a burst of light at the far end, draws us into an ambiguous situation. A woman steps over the threshold of a wine cellar, looking out at us as if we have intruded on a private meeting. The man facing her seems unaware of being observed. This is one of nearly twenty paintings in which Sargent, instead of focusing on iconic views of Venice, offers a glimpse into everyday life.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 29 9/16 x 20 5/8 in. (75.1 x 52.4 cm) Frame: 36 5/16 x 15 7/16 x 2 3/8 in. (92.2 x 39.2 x 6 cm)
Object Number 1955.575
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1926
Status On View

Image Caption

John Singer Sargent, A Street in Venice, c. 1880–82, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.575.

Bibliography

Conrads, Margaret C. American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990.

Provenance

To J. Nicolopoulo; (Scott & Fowles, New York); to Robert Sterling Clark, November 2, 1926.

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