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)

 
KENNINGTON, Eric
England 1888 – 1960
France and Belgium 1914-15, 1917-18
Costermongers (La Cuisine ambulante) 1914
Painting
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
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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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