An image of Nursemaids in the Luxembourg Gardens

Kathleen O'Connor

(Australia, France, New Zealand 14 Sep 1876 – 24 Aug 1968)

Nursemaids in the Luxembourg Gardens

Other titles:
Nursemaids in the Luxemburg Gardens
Not on display
Further information

Kathleen O’Connor was a significant expatriate artist who spent almost 50 years living abroad, mostly in Paris, before returning to Australia. She produced a series of paintings in the Luxembourg Gardens, where she spent much time observing people and capturing what she saw in the form
of painted ‘sketches’.

'Nursemaids in the Luxembourg Gardens' emanates from this series. Painted with rapid and fluid brushstrokes on paperboard, it provides the viewer with an intimate glimpse of two nursemaids sitting on a park bench caring
for small children. It evokes a sense of reverie through the muted colours and an emotional distance with the subjects viewed from behind.

(circa 1923)
oil on paperboard
48.9 x 59.0 cm board; 63.7 x 74.4 x 4.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, grey oil "K L O'Connor". Not dated.

Purchased 1966
Accession number
© Reproduced with permission