Samson by Solomon J. Solomon. before 1896. Scanned image and text by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you link to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]
According to A. L. Baldry's article upon the painter in The Studio,
In Niobe and Samson, which are earlier pictures, showing less full development of his convictions, there is less insistence upon the flesh surfaces, and more inclination to use them as mere parts of a pattern which is not primarily devised to accentuate their importance ; but even in these paintings nudity has an important function to fulfil, and gives to the compositions their definite character and technical meaning.