‘White Mules: Spain’ (c. 1903-6) by John Singer Sargent,
a painting in the permanent collection of the Sordoni Art Gallery was recently featured
in John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907, volume VII of the complete paintings of John Singer Sargent, published for The Paul
Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press. The painting, a
water-colour on paper was a gift from the estate of Roy Pollack.
The painting depicts two white mules, seen from the rear, resting in a stable with a third brown mule on the extreme left. Installation photographs confirm that this painting was shown in the artist’s memorial exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1926. The painting is similar in subject matter and style to a group of studies of working horses and mules produced in Palestine and Syria in 1905-6. ‘White Mules: Spain’ was a gift from the artist’s sister, Violet Sargent to her masseuse.
View a selection of art and images form the Sordoni Art Gallery's Permanent Collection
displayed from June 16th to August 5th, 2012.