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Sargent and Spain
John Singer Sargent (American, b. Italy, 1856–1925)
Spanish Soldiers, c. 1903
Watercolor over graphite, with gouache, on paper
18 1/16” x 12 1/16” (45.8 x 30.6 cm)

Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription 09.840

Bank of America is honored to sponsor the exhibition Sargent and Spain, on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., through January 2, 2023, and at the Legion of Honor, from February 11 to May 14, 2023.

Over the course of seven extended visits to Spain between 1879 and 1912, renowned American artist and portraitist John Singer Sargent created a deep and expansive visual record of Spanish life and culture. Featured among the more than 120 works are rarely exhibited oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and sketches, as well as 28 photographs on display for the first time.

During his extensive travels, Sargent captured magnificent seascapes, landscapes and scenes of daily life in ports and villages, from the island of Majorca to the mountainous regions of the Sierra Nevada. Taken with the beauty and diversity of the country’s religious history as reflected in its imagery and architecture, Sargent created paintings for the Islamic palace Alhambra in Grenada, Andalusia, as well as Palma de Mallorca’s landmark gothic cathedral, La Seu.

Dynamic sketches and paintings of musicians, ballerinas and flamenco dancers reveal Sargent’s great attraction to the performing arts, while his sympathetic portraits of other locals he encountered reflect the depth of his admiration for the Spanish people.

The Legion of Honor is a partner in Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program, which provides our cardholders with one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. For more information about the program, including our roster of more than 225 cultural partners across the U.S., please visit Museums on Us®.

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