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 TUKE | A bathing group

TUKE, Henry
England 1858 – 1929
Italy 1880, France 1881-1883
A bathing group 1914
oil on canvas
90.2 (h) x 59.7 (w) cm
Royal Academy of Arts, London, presented by the artist's widow in 1973

Fascinated by the luminous effects of sunlight on bodies and on water, Tuke commented that he liked to work in the open air, on ‘quiet beaches, some of them hardly accessible by boat, where one may paint from the life model undisturbed’. (The Studio, vol. 5, 1895)  He continued to work in this fashion for much of his life, painting images of male nudes by the sea and on boats — swimming, diving and lounging around.

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