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
Henry TONKS | After the bath

TONKS, Henry
England 1862 – 1937
Italy 1910, frequent visits to France
After the bath 1910-11
oil on canvas
106.7 (h) x 96.5 (w) cm
private collection

In After the bath Tonks created a modern-day Madonna and Child in an everyday setting. Tonks replaced the traditional shepherd with a young girl presenting a toy sheep to the baby. The central mother figure in this painting has a similar strength and presence to the female archetypes of Tonk’s former student Augustus John in works such as The family group.

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