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
George LAMBERT | The holiday group (The bathers)

Russia 1873 – Australia 1930
Australia 1887-1900; France 1900-01; England 1901-21; Australia from 1921
The holiday group (The bathers) 1907
oil on canvas
90.7 (h) x 78.7 (w) cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide gift of Mrs A.O. Barrett in 1938

During the early 1900s images of women and children were a favourite subject for traditional and more modern artists alike. At this time the women’s movement was encouraging women to exercise to give them healthier bodies which would assist them in childbearing. In The holiday group Lambert depicted women taking exercise with children, an image of health and wellbeing. He contrasted one woman (Amy Lambert) — wearing the loose clothing of the maternal feminist — with the other (Thea Proctor) — wearing the more restrictive but fashionable high necked blouse and waisted coat of a career woman.

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