So much to love about this painting. First of all, the color palette. Those blues that make up the water are insane. It's a real risk to go with such vivid colors in a mostly realistic painting, but Sargent pulls it off perfectly. Like the best of Maxfield Parrish, the cornflower hues give the painting a dreamy quality. Sargent's strokes are bold and confident, embuing the painting with just the right amount of Impressionistic heaviness while maintaining the sharpness and contrast of realism. Like all of his greatest pieces, Girl Fishing
truly cannot be classified. It's just Sargent. An interviewer once asked Lou Reed what kind of music he made. His answer? "I make Lou Reed music." This is a Sargent painting.