An image of The ferry

E Phillips Fox

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

The ferry

19th c Australian art
Further information

E Phillips Fox, one of a generation of late 19th-century Australian expatriates in Europe, is renowned for his cosmopolitan and superbly coloured images painted in Paris.

'The ferry' is the artist’s masterpiece. It was developed from rapid sketches that Fox painted outdoors at Trouville, a favourite beach resort in the north of France, and was completed in his Paris studio the following winter. Fox positions the viewer as if peering down to the elegant boating
party and immerses us in a sumptuous, genteel world of vibrant colours, luscious fabric textures and warm summer atmosphere.

Originally exhibited in Paris and London, 'The ferry' also influenced a younger generation of Australian modernist artists when it was exhibited in Sydney in 1913.

(circa 1910-circa 1911)
oil on canvas
114.6 x 152.4 cm stretcher; 141.5 x 179.2 x 12.0 cm frame
Signature & date

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

Purchased 1949
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