An image of Studio portrait, Chelsea

Norah Simpson

(Australia 05 Jul 1895 – 19 Feb 1974)

Studio portrait, Chelsea

Other titles:
Self portrait 1911
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

Norah Simpson is credited with playing an important role in the introduction of post-impressionism to Australia, although she is an unfamiliar figure in Australia – she moved permanently to Europe in 1915 and subsequently ceased painting.

On a prior visit to London in 1912, she had met members of the Camden Town Group – a group of post-impressionist artists – and saw first-hand in Paris works by Cézanne, Matisse, van Gogh and Picasso. On her return to Australia in 1913, she brought reproductions and books dealing with post-impressionist and cubist work to her art classes with Italian artist–teacher Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, where they had a powerful effect on Simpson’s fellow students Roland Wakelin, Grace Cossington Smith and Roy de Maistre – particularly influencing their use of colour.

Place of origin
Chelsea, London, England
oil on canvas
50.8 x 40.7 cm stretcher; 62.7 x 52.7 x 5.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. (Not dated?).

Purchased 1960
Accession number
© Reproduced with permission