John William Waterhouse, 1849-1917

Signed and dated 1882

Oil on canvas

208.3 x 134.6 cm.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sidney, Australia (720)

The painting appears here courtesy of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which retains copyright; it may not be reproduced without the museum's permission.

In Waterhouse's painting, Diogenes, the ancient ascetic philosopher who lived in a tub and carried a lantern, looking for an honest man, provides a striking contrast to the attractive young women and their perfectly blooming flowers.