Emanuel Phillips Fox1865 - 1915 The orphan 1895
- oil on canvas
Emanuel Phillips Fox was an influential and internationally recognised painter in the impressionist style who contributed substantially to development of Australian plein air painting. Fox's paintings are characterised by a commitment to direct visual experience; in Australia and Europe he painted and exhibited sun-drenched, vividly coloured landscapes and scenes of everyday life animated by textured paint handling.
The sitter who appears in The orphan is Marion Barrett (nee Rennick 1861-1939), whom Fox knew well and to whom he was distantly related.