DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Eric KENNINGTON | Costermongers (La Cuisine ambulante)

England 1888 – 1960
France and Belgium 1914-15, 1917-18
Costermongers (La Cuisine ambulante) 1914
oil on canvas
131.0 (h) x 122.0 (w) cm
Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris, presented by Sir Edmund Davis in 1915, On loan to Musée de Roubaix

In Costermongers Eric Kennington painted an honest representation of London street life. He captured the individual characters of the hawkers using a hard-edge realism.

Shown in 1914 alongside George Lambert’s Important people, the reviewer for the Daily Mail, 24 April 1914, described these paintings as ‘huge staring groups of life-size people, represented in a brutal airless way, though with a great deal of technical cleverness’, and acknowledged that they were protests against the ‘namby-pambiness’ of the usual group compositions.

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