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Alice Levi Duncan
John Singer Sargent spent a considerable amount of time in the d’Aosta Valley, located on the northwest region of Italy, bordered by France and Switzerland. Frequently working alongside his travel companion and friend the Italian plein air painter Ambrogio Raffele, he had the opportunity to depict the landscape according to the changing of the seasons.
In this sweeping view, one can observe clumps of trees on either bank of the rocky Dora river and in the distance clusters of cumulous clouds encroach on the bright blue sky. As Omond writes, “the open form of the landscape differs from the tightly composed images of streams that the artist painted at Peuterey close to Purtud.” This beautifully rendered large scale watercolor is inscribed to his friend, Raffele.