(Australia 01 Dec 1878–22 Oct 1966)
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
- 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
- oil on cardboard
- 48.7 x 37.9cm board; 64.7 x 53.5 x 4.3cm frame
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.r. corner, green oil "George Bell/ .../ 34".
- Purchased 1971
- Accession number
- © Reproduced with permission