(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
- Further information
Cossington Smith captures the drama of a crowd in 'Rushing', which depicts commuters clamouring down to the ferries of Circular Quay to get home after work. The flying scarf and fallen hat emphasise the speed at which the travellers are moving and the peril and claustrophobia of a, mostly faceless, city crowd. The steep gangplank and diagonal composition accentuates the dynamism of the painting.
A brilliant colourist, Cossington Smith’s work of the early 1920s adopts a darker palette than the vivid colours she is usually associated with. Inspired by a visit to Sydney in 1920 by the tonalist painter and teacher Max Meldrum, her paintings became studies in tone, rather than colour, a practice she had abandoned by 1925.
- (circa 1922)
- oil on canvas on paperboard
- 65.6 x 91.3 cm board; 82.3 x 106.9 x 4.0 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, black oil "G.COSSINGTON.SMITH". Not dated.
- Purchased 1967
- Accession number
- © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith