Visiting the exhibition of the class Scholz from the Academy Braunschweig and meeting Verena and Milena after a long time. Very nice evening.
Seit langer Zeit haben wir unsere ehemaligen Kursteilnehmerinnen Verena und Milena wieder gesehen. Das war eine große Freude
JOHN SINGER SARGENT "In the Simplon Valley" c.1910
"Though he is best known for his portraits of elite society, Sargent painted numerous scenes in the Alps and the Rockies at the end of his career. Like many of those landscapes, this one is a radical experiment. Sargent disavows the conventions of nineteenth-century landscape painting— the panoramic vista, central focal point, and grand narrative— to focus on a massive rocky outcropping. Drawing inspiration from the work of the French impressionists, he renders the topography of this rock and thickly applied passages of grey and black paint, and highlights of vivid colour. In the foreground, four figures relaxing in a meadow give of the rock’s massive scale.
Sargent spent three summers in the Simplon Valley, one of the main passes linking Switzerland and Italy. His visits to the region resulted in dozens of sketches and paintings of the Alps, many of which share the abstract qualities of this painting."