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 | After the bath

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
After the bath c.1911
oil on canvas, laid on composition board
46.5 (h) x 33.0 (w) cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide gift of Mrs Ailsa Osborne in 1980

In After the bath Fox depicted a comfortable middle-class subject, a woman at her toilette. Like Sickert, he was interested in using thick touches of colour to capture the effects of light and wanted to paint everyday subjects, showing people caught in action, participating in their daily activities. However, rather than portraying the darker side of life as Sickert did, Fox turned to a more joyous one. His nude, drying her leg with a towel after her bath, has a sense of immediacy and honesty.

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