(Australia, England, France 29 Apr 1875 – 28 May 1963)
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
- 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.
- oil on canvas
- 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".
- Gift of the artist at the request of the Trustees 1930
- Accession number
- © AGNSW