(Australia, England, France 29 Apr 1875 – 28 May 1963)
Grey day in the ranges
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
- Further information
Although Margaret Preston is known primarily for her paintings and woodblock prints of flowers and still life, a period spent living amidst bushland at Berowra in the late 1930s led her to concentrate on landscapes during the 1940s. At this time too, her interest and belief in the importance of Aboriginal art deepened, inspiring a reduction of her palette to earth-toned colours, simplification of form with strong black outlining, and use of dots and marks to signify physical details in the landscape.
As a result of her interest in Oriental painting and European modernism, Preston is recognised as perhaps the first artist to advocate the use of Aboriginal designs and motifs in the development of a modern national art - initially for domestic items and furnishings but later extended to colour, technique and subject matter in art.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001
- oil on hardboard
- 51.0 x 50.7 cm board; 66.7 x 66.9 x 6.5 cm frame
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "M Preston / 1942".
- Purchased 1942
- Accession number
- © Margaret Rose Preston Estate