Because his family rarely settled anywhere for long, Sargent’s education, including his art training, was sporadic, but he practiced drawing continually. In 1868, at the age of twelve, he began sketching scenes from his family’s travels, making the most of his parents’ peripatetic lifestyle. He filled dozens of sketchbooks with landscape and figure studies, as well as copies after paintings and sculpture in Europe’s greatest museums.
Mountain Landscape, Innsbrück, Austria, detail
June 13, 1871
Watercolor, white gouache, and graphite on paper
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums
The Triumph of Religion