An image of Still life with pink fish

Margaret Olley

(Australia 22 Jun 1923 – 25 Jul 2011)

Still life with pink fish

Not on display
Further information

Margaret Olley is renowned for her unique contribution to the tradition of still life and interior subjects in Australian art. The era in which this painting was produced was significant in the early development of her career. She held her first solo exhibition at Sydney's Macquarie Galleries in 1948, from which public galleries purchased works. The following year, after attracting attention as the subject of William Dobell's Archibald Prize-winning portrait, she departed for Europe to explore the international art scene.

'Still life with pink fish' stems from the artist's interest in late nineteenth century and early twentieth century French painters, particularly Cézanne. It presents a tabletop arrangement of fruit, native flowers and pink fish on carefully draped fabrics. Colour is relatively subdued, but used purposefully to create harmony in the composition.

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
oil on cheesecloth on hardboard
76.3 x 97.0 cm board; 93.0 x 113.0 x 4.8 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown oil "Olley 48".
Purchased 1948
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