An image of Apples

Constance Roth

(Australia, England, South Africa 14 May 1859 – 06 May 1928)

Apples

Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

Constance Roth was a British-born artist, teacher and designer who came to Sydney in 1885 after arriving in Melbourne in 1884. She was significant in promoting the ideals of the British Aesthetic Movement, which sought to elevate the idea of beauty and to create artistically enhanced domestic environments.

Although Roth exhibited prolifically in Sydney, 'Apples' is one of her few extant works. It reveals the Aesthetic Movement’s crossover between painting and ornamental design that was central to Roth’s work. With its condensed and decorative composition, 'Apples' suggests the influence of Japanese art and manifests the 'arts for art’s sake' creed that underpinned Aesthetic practices.

Year
1890
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on cedar panel
Dimensions
24.8 x 91.0 cm board
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l. corner, sideways, red oil " H. C. Roth/ 1890".
Credit
Purchased 1890
Accession number
4625