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
George BELL | Portrait of Philip Connard

BELL, George
Australia 1878 – Australia 1966
France 1904-06, England 1906-20, Australia from 1920
Portrait of Philip Connard c.1912
oil on canvas
51.4 (h) x 61.4 (w) cm
Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased with funds from the Hackett Bequest Fund in 1949

Bell painted outdoors with Philip Connard who, like Bell, had studied at the Académie Julian in Paris. They shared ideas about how to paint, both of them enjoying the effects of loose brushwork and outdoor light. Portrait of Philip Connard, in its painterly approach and in its subject of an artist painting outdoors, can be compared with Sargent’sThe fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy.

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