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
Norah SIMPSON | Studio portrait, Chelsea

Australia 1895 – England 1974
England and France 1912-13, Australia 1913-15, England from 1915
Studio portrait, Chelsea 1915
oil on canvas
50.8 (h) x 40.7 (w) cm
Not signed. Not dated
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Simpson contrasted the girl’s meditative face with the more forceful, angular features of the tribal sculpture behind her. In doing so, she created a psychological tension; a contrast between the outer civilised self and the inner psyche.

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