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John Singer Sargent, Bedouins, c. 1905–06, opaque and translucent watercolor, Brooklyn Museum, purchased by Special Subscription.

Brush to Paper: Situating Sargent in the History of Watercolor

Friday, May 23, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Dena M. Woodall, PhD, associate curator of prints and drawings.

One of John Singer Sargent’s favorite media was watercolor, which he embraced throughout his career for its freedom and spontaneity. Water-based painting has been used by Western artists since before the Renaissance, and it reached a height of popularity among artists in England and France during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Dena M. Woodall examines the rise of watercolor as an art medium, made possible because of advancements made in pigments, brushes, and paper. She also situates Sargent in a broader art historical context, exploring how Sargent adapted watercolor to best capture his subjects.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors.

About the Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lecture Series
This series of lectures is held on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. with a repeat on Saturdays at 4 p.m. in Brown Auditorium Theater. A reception to meet the speaker and a “Your Turn to Speak” tour follow each lecture.

$5 MFAH Members
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission
Free for Members at the Patron, Supporting, Sponsor, and Benefactor levels, up to two tickets. Leadership Circle members receive unlimited free tickets.
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Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lectures at the MFAH receive generous support from Aggie and Joe Foster.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.