An image of Western Australian gum blossom

Margaret Preston

(Australia, England, France 29 Apr 1875 – 28 May 1963)

Western Australian gum blossom

Location
Not on display
Further information

'Western Australian gum blossom' is one of a group of paintings by Margaret Preston from the late 1920s, remarkable for their simplicity of design and restrained use of colour. Preston believed that the best subjects for modern art were to be found in everyday life. This, combined with her commitment to a peculiarly 'national art', encouraged her use of Australian native flowers, whose distinctive shapes and colours could be ably expressed in her tightly structured still lifes. The dark outlines and flattened, simplified forms echo the woodcuts she was making at the time.

Year
1928
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
55.3 x 46.0 cm stretcher; 55.0 x 44.7 cm sight; 68.4 x 58.1 x 4.0 cm frame :
0 - Whole; 54.6 x 44.5 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "1928 Margaret Preston".
Credit
Purchased 1978
Accession number
93.1978
Copyright
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate