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 | Al fresco

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
Al fresco c.1904
oil on canvas
153.6 (h) x 195.6 (w) cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Morgan Thomas Bequest Fund in 1908

Al fresco is the first of E. Phillips Fox’s paintings that depict a family meal in an outdoor setting and express his delight in the contrasts of light and shade. This image of a family dining outdoors presents a vision of elegant, leisurely life in Europe that appealed to, and was recorded by, a number of artists at the turn of the century. The stylishly dressed women and the happy child create a view of an untroubled life.

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