An image of Australian legend, number 5: End of the love story, Curing and flight of love

Margaret Preston

(Australia, England, France 29 Apr 1875 – 28 May 1963)

Australian legend, number 5: End of the love story, Curing and flight of love

Other titles:
End of the love story
Location
Not on display
Further information

"In wishing to rid myself of the mannerisms of a country other than my own I have gone to the art of a people who had never seen or known anything different from themselves ... These are the Australian aboriginals [sic] and it is only from the art of such people in any land that a national art can spring."
- Margaret Preston 1925

Margaret Preston's appreciation and understanding of Aboriginal art and culture grew in sophistication from the time she made her first pronouncements on the subject in the 1920s. During her life she made several visits to Central and Northern Australia, and visited rock art sites in and around Sydney, where she lived. The Australian legend series was made towards the end of her career and integrates colours and compositions derived from Aboriginal paintings, as well as motifs from rock art. For example, the large human footprints in each of these prints were taken from rock carvings in the Sydney area which Preston had seen on excursions with the Anthropological Society of New South Wales.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Year
(circa 1957)
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodcut on tan laid Japanese paper
Dimensions
29.6 x 29.1 cm blockmark; 36.8 x 32.2 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed in block to print l.r., incised "MP".
Signed l.r. beneath block, pencil "Margaret Preston". Not dated.

Credit
Gift of W.G. Preston, the artist's widower 1967
Accession number
DA62.1967
Copyright
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate. Licensed by Copyright Agency