John Singer Sargent
The Mountains of Moab 1905

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John Singer Sargent 1856–1925
The Mountains of Moab
Date 1905
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 654 x 1111 mm
frame: 960 x 1409 x 90 mm
Acquisition Presented by the heirs of Mrs Ormond 1957
Not on display

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The Mountains of the Moab lie to the south east of the Dead sea in Jordan. Sargent painted this work in 1905, during a visit to Syria and Palestine, sparked by a commission to paint murals at the Boston Public Library on the theme of ‘The Triumph of Religion’. Sargent wanted to give his work greater authenticity by recording first-hand the people and terrain which many Europeans believed had remained unchanged since the life of Christ.Sargent was known primarily as a portrait painter; this was his first exhibited landscape, shown in 1906.

May 2007

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