An image of Rushing

Grace Cossington Smith

(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)

Rushing

Location
Not on display
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.

Year
(circa 1922)
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas on paperboard
Dimensions
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.

Credit
Purchased 1967
Accession number
OA8.1967
Copyright
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith