Fox captures both the essence of suffering and of kindness. Someone cares enough to render simple aid like fluffing a pillow, so this convalescent knows she is not alone. By her expression we understand that she still suffers, but at least not in complete isolation,
Convalescent (1890). Emanuel Phillips Fox
Oil on canvas.
… Fox is among Australia’s most gifted colourists and figure painters. Celebrated for his painting of sunlight effects, he combined Impressionist-oriented vision with an academic training. Apart from portraits and landscapes, he mainly painted elegant female figures and family groups.