(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)
Things on an iron tray on the floor
- Other titles:
- Things on an Iron Tray
- 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
New South Wales,
- (circa 1928)
- oil on plywood
- 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.
- Purchased 1967
- Accession number
- © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith