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 | The lesson

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
The lesson c.1912
oil on canvas
183.6 (h) x 112.6 (w) cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest in 1925

In The lesson Fox depicted a room filled with sunlight. He showed the mother and child sharing a moment of warmth and intimacy, their figures blended. The French doors are open, allowing access to the outside world. George Clausen shared Fox’s interest in portraying an interior through atmospheric light, as in his Twilight: Interior.

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