Tyrolese Crucifix

Tyrolese Crucifix

John Singer Sargent


Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper

21 x 15 3/4 in. (53.3 x 40 cm)

Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum, New York (15.142.7)

Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915

Museum commentary: “Like "Tyrolese Interior," shown nearby, this watercolor was painted during the late summer or autumn of 1914 when Sargent was detained in the Tyrol after Britain and France declared war on Austria. Overtly religious symbols are rare in Sargent’s watercolors. This depiction of a carved crucifixion reflects his somber and foreboding mood as he waited to obtain the necessary travel documents to return to London.” [continued below]

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