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
John RUSSELL | Mon ami Polite (Père Polyte)

Australia 1858 – Australia 1930
England 1880-84, France 1884-1912, Switzerland and Italy 1912-15, England 1915-21, Australia from 1921
Mon ami Polite (Père Polyte) 1900
oil on canvas
54.6 (h) x 65.4 (w) cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

In 1886, Russell visited Belle-Ile, a small island in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of Brittany, to study the effects and subtleties of colour. Russell and Monet painted there together during the summer and a local fisherman, Père Polyte, became Monet’s porter and a model for both artists. In Mon ami Polite Russell depicted Polyte as a man of dignity and character.

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