John Koch The Bath 20"x24"
John Koch (1910-1978) had an ardent following among the wealthy classes. Much of his work is downright silly- well painted but shallow affairs that undoubtably appealed to his collectors.
However, in my opinion this nice little domestic scene is a gem. It might have been too sweet, and a little boring, if it included just the woman in the bath, but the naked man gives the situation a suprisingly earthy reality. Apparently I'm not alone in thinking his nudes are his best work. In this review, Hilton Kramer argues this point, and even finds them a little daring, saying that Koch knew "just how far he could go" with their sensuality.