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
William ORPEN | Night (no.2)

ORPEN, William
Ireland 1878 – 1931
England from 1897, with regular visits to Ireland and France
Night (no.2) 1907
oil on canvas
76.5 (h) x 64.0 (w) cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest in 1929

Night (no.2) depicts the sitting room of Orpen’s house in London, looking out through a tall window into the night sky. It shows Orpen’s wife, Grace, in an armchair, arching back towards her husband who leans over her, to meet him in an embrace. Orpen had married Grace Knewstub six years before he painted Night (no.2), and the image conveys the happiness and comfortable warmth of the early years of their marriage.

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