An image of Centre of a city

Grace Cossington Smith

(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)

Centre of a city

Not on display
Further information

I suddenly liked the subject – the Centre of the City! I liked the going downhill of Moore Street [now Martin Place], the feeling that the Post Office at the bottom was the centre of the city, the people hurrying about. (Then I was interested in outside things, what people did and what was happening ...)

Grace Cossington Smith, 1971

'Centre of a city' was a groundbreaking painting by Grace Cossington Smith, both in terms of its subject and her approach to it. It was painted at a time when Cossington Smith was commuting regularly to art classes in the city from her home at Turramurra on the North Shore. The radiant blue sky and rosy glow of buildings signal her increasing affection for the city, which reached its climax in her paintings of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the late 1920s.

(circa 1925)
oil on canvas on hardboard
82.3 x 70.0 cm board; 98.9 x 86.6 x 5.7 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. "G.Cossington Smith 35 (sic)".

Purchased with funds provided by Susan Rothwell 2002
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© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith