(Australia, France 12 Mar 1865 – 08 Oct 1915)
- 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
- oil on canvas
- 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".
- Purchased 1943
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