An image of Things on an iron tray on the floor

Grace Cossington Smith

(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)

Things on an iron tray on the floor

Other titles:
Things on an Iron Tray
Location
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

The years from 1926 until the mid 1930s were the most important in Grace Cossington Smith’s artistic life. She progressed beyond her early art training with Dattilo-Rubbo, and realised her potential as a painter of colour and light, structure and rhythmic pattern. As Thea Proctor wrote, Cossington Smith’s ‘lovely and individual colour sense’ was achieved with paint ‘applied once and not touched again … [with] a mat-dry surface, freshness and vitality’.

While this work represents domestic items in a still-life arrangement, the true subject of the painting is the interplay between colour, form and light. It presents radiating, concentric forms in luminous colour.

Place of origin
Turramurra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
(circa 1928)
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on plywood
Dimensions
54.0 x 69.5 cm board; 72.1 x 87.6 x 3.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, black ink "G Cossington Smith". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1967
Accession number
OA9.1967
Copyright
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith