An image of Nasturtiums

E Phillips Fox

(Australia, France 12 Mar 1865 – 08 Oct 1915)


Other titles:
Miss Edith Anderson, Mrs Penleigh Boyd, Reading in the garden
19th c Australian art
Further information

'Nasturtiums' is the most arresting in a series of women-in-garden paintings which E Phillips Fox created over 1911–12. It features his characteristic use of reflected and dappled light as decorative patterning, and highlights the influence of fashionable Japonisme and Japanese print design. The model for 'Nasturtiums' was the young Australian artist Edith Anderson, who stayed with the artist and his wife Ethel Carrick over 1912.

However, as the title of the painting implies, Fox’s focus is on resolving a highly decorative composition (and less on painting an individual or capturing a moment of observation). He uses the model’s mauve and black accoutrements just as a still-life painter would arrange the objects of his composition, for the greatest formal effect.

(circa 1912)
oil on canvas
91.5 x 71.5 cm stretcher; 108.0 x 88.0 x 10.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, black oil " E.Phillips Fox". Not dated.

Purchased in memory of Margaret Olley with funds donated by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales Collection Circle 2011
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