There were crashing waves, decks and rigging, beaches and coves, tide pools and fisherfolk:
John Singer Sargent, En Route pour la pêche (Setting Out to Fish), 1878, oil on canvas, 78.8 x 122.8 cm, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
We basked in the sometimes menacing, sometimes scintillating light and atmosphere, comparing and contrasting studies with completed works, and in the case of En Route pour la pêche, one finished work with another.
But most exciting was finding a painting owned by my former employer in the penultimate gallery:
John Singer Sargent, Neapolitan Children Bathing, 1879, oil on canvas, 16.8 x 41.1 cm, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
While I actually prefer the many studies Sargent made to the painting itself, there's one detail I've always loved...the animal bladder water wings! Now who needs plastic swimmies?