An image of The window

Grace Cossington Smith

(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)

The window

20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

From the late 1950s Cossington Smith embarked on her last series of paintings whose subjects were drawn from the rooms and spaces around her home. With their mosaic-like surface of broken brushwork evoking a sense of light radiating through colour, Cossington Smith transformed her unassuming subject matter into sites of extraordinary energy and majestic form. These paintings became her crowning achievement and sealed her reputation as one of Australia's greatest colourists.

In this work her technique is at its most assured. She combines, in small dabs of unblended colour, richly saturated hues of greens, yellows, blues and reds. Setting her subject in a tilted compositional frame there is a strong feel for an intensely personalised portrayal of the world as seen through the domestic interior.

oil on hardboard
121.9 x 91.5 cm board; 138.3 x 108.1 x 4.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, black oil "G. Cossington Smith 56".
Signed u.l. corner verso on board, pen and black ink on white adhered label ".../ Grace Cossington Smith".

Gift of Graham and Judy Martin 2014, assisted by the Australian Masterpiece Fund
Accession number
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith