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
Philip CONNARD | The guitar player

England 1875 – 1958
travelled frequently to France after 1898
The guitar player c.1909
oil on canvas
62.2 (h) x 50.8 (w) cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Morgan Thomas Bequest Fund in 1933

In The guitar player Philip Connard depicted his daughters Jane and Helen, and the family cat James. The woman seated on a couch playing the guitar is possibly the children’s nursemaid, Evelyn, while the standing woman at the back is Connard’s wife. The artist portrayed himself at work, reflected in the mirror at the back of the room.

The guitar player is more than just a celebration of family life. Connard painted it using a kind of tonal impressionism derived from Velasquez.

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