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
E. Phillips FOX | Bathing hour

FOX, E. Phillips
Australia 1865 – Australia 1915
Europe, England 1887-92; Australia 1892- 1901; England, Europe 1901-1913 (visits to Australia 1908, South Africa 1911); Australia from 1913; Tahiti 1914
Bathing hour c.1909
oil on canvas
180.4 (h) x 112.0 (w) cm
Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, T.C. Stewart Bequest Fund in 1952

Bathing hour is an image of leisure. Fox captured sunlight and colour in a scene of happy holiday-makers enjoying healthy outdoor pursuits. He showed a mother in a loose fitting dress drying her young child. Set apart in the intimacy of their domestic ritual, Fox emphasised the bond between mother and child. At the time it was painted Fox’s depiction of a naked child in such a setting was unconventional.

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