An image of Self portrait

Margaret Preston

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

Self portrait

Location
Not on display
Further information

Margaret Preston painted this portrait in 1930 at the request of the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She confessed she was thrilled to receive the commission to paint what was, for her, an untested subject. As she later pointed out, ‘… my self-portrait is completed, but I am a flower painter – I am not a flower’. In a work as carefully designed and as uncompromising as the artist’s still-lifes, Preston identifies and separates the essentials of her art: her brush and palette and a pot of wildflowers, a favourite subject, on the sill behind her.

Year
1930
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
61.3 x 51.1 cm stretcher; 74.3 x 64.2 x 6.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, pencil "Margaret Preston/30".
Credit
Gift of the artist at the request of the Trustees 1930
Accession number
937
Copyright
© AGNSW