An image of Interior with wardrobe mirror

Grace Cossington Smith

(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)

Interior with wardrobe mirror

Not on display
Further information

My chief interest, I think, has always been colour, but not flat crude colour, it must be colour within colour, it has to shine; light must be in it, it is no good having heavy, dead colour … The room is in my own home here, and the sunlight did not come in a definite way but the whole room seemed to be full of light, which is what I want to do more than the actual sunlight. I feel that even the shadows are subdued light and they must have light in them as well as the light parts.

Grace Cossington Smith, 1965

In this painting, short brushstrokes of pure colour animate the pictorial surface, highlighting Grace Cossington Smith’s skill as a colourist. By the mid 1950s the artist had begun to concentrate primarily on domestic interiors, party due to the fact that her much-loved sister had become ill.

Place of origin
Turramurra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
oil on canvas on paperboard
91.4 x 73.7 cm board; 103.0 x 85.0 x 5.6 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, black ink "G.Cossington Smith 55".

Purchased 1967
Accession number
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith