by Frank Bergmann
In 1885-86, Sargent painted the works that marked his brief but intense Impressionist phase. However, it was not till he visited Monet at Giverny in 1887 that he embraced Impressionism more completely. His picture Claude Monet Painting at the Edge of a Wood records that visit. In summer 1888 Sargent came closest to Monet's style when painting at Calcot Mill in Oxfordshire. A Morning Walk prompts comparison with the paintings Monet did in 1886 of his future stepdaughter, Suzanne Hoschedé, likewise wearing white and carrying a parasol, in the open. Sargent's composition is full of bright summer light that produces a dappled effect in the dress and grass.