(Australia, England, France 29 Apr 1875 – 28 May 1963)
Western Australian gum blossom
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
- 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.
- oil on canvas
- 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".
- Purchased 1978
- Accession number
- © Margaret Rose Preston Estate