An image of Art students

E Phillips Fox

(Australia, France 12 Mar 1865 – 08 Oct 1915)

Art students

Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

'Art students' was set at the Melbourne Art School in Bourke Street, which E Phillips Fox co-founded with Tudor St George Tucker when Fox returned from Europe in 1892. It was considered a groundbreaking work for its unconventional vertical, cropped composition and its frank naturalism. The
informal poses and paint-splattered smocks of its female students and the messy realism of its littered floor were considered ‘unfeminine’ when the work was first exhibited in Melbourne in 1895.

'Art students' is a vivid demonstration of Fox’s compositional and colouristic skills. Its grand-scale informality also presents an alternative to the heroic ‘national’ and masculine subjects of Australian painting in the 1890s.

Place of origin
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Year
1895
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
182.9 x 114.3 cm stretcher; 219.0 x 148.0 x 16.0 cm frame; 181.0 x 110.0 cm sight edge
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, black oil "E.Phillips Fox / 95".
Credit
Purchased 1943
Accession number
7319