Sargent & The Sea
John Singer Sargent isn't best known for his seascapes, so an exhibition by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC comes as something of a novelty: Sargent and the Sea. The Corcoran has brought together for the first time more than 80 paintings, watercolours and drawings depicting seascapes and coastal scenes from the artist's early career. En route pour la pêche (Setting out to Fish) from 1878, shown above, is a fine example. The exhibition opens on 12 September and runs until 3 January 2010 (title link). It then moves to Houston, Texas, and - wait for it - to the Royal Academy of Arts in London, from 10 July to 26 September 2010.