An image of Toinette

George Bell

(Australia 01 Dec 1878 – 22 Oct 1966)

Toinette

Location
Not on display
Further information

This portrait depicts the artist's only child, Antoinette, who was one of his favourite models. It is one of three portraits George Bell painted in London, and is a preliminary work for the final portrait held in the National Gallery of Victoria.

Bell travelled to England in 1934 to absorb new approaches to painting, motivated by his interest in modern art and growing dissatisfaction with the stagnation of the Australian art scene. His work from this period reveals certain stylistic changes, a consideration of line and form, and an increasing emphasis on colour. These developments, and Bell's exposure to the work of Modigliani, are particularly evident in 'Toinette'.

Place of origin
London, England
Year
1934
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on cardboard
Dimensions
48.7 x 37.9 cm board; 64.7 x 53.5 x 4.3 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, green oil "George Bell/ .../ 34".
Credit
Purchased 1971
Accession number
119.1971
Copyright
© Reproduced with permission