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.