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
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
(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