Bathing is a theme used by Cezanne and Matisse and their influence is apparent in the top half of the painting where the figures go about the everyday act of bathing in the shallows. The figure in the bottom half exists in a spatially disconnected place perhaps a reference to Goya's Nude Maja or possibly Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus' which both present symbolic ideas of women.
Paraskos studied and taught in Leeds during the 1950s and 1960s after arriving from his native Cyprus to cook in his brother's restaurant. In 1966 he was involved in a court case similar to the Lady Chatterley trial of 1960, for displaying paintings that were 'lewd and obscene'. He was fined Â£5. Moving back to Cyprus in 1969, he was instrumental in the foundation of the Cyprus College of Art where he still lives.
- Artwork Details: 61 x 61cm
- Material description: oil on hardboard
- Credit line: © the artist
- Theme: Figurative
- Medium: Painting
- Accession number: AC 1088