Grace Cossington Smith (1892 – 1984)

Grace Cossington Smith was sixty years of age when she painted After fire 1952.  It is one of a group of similarly themed landscapes that she produced close to her family home on Sydney’s upper north shore. After spending the previous three years in Europe, she had returned to Turramurra to be confronted by the…

Roy de Maistre (1894 – 1968)

Roy de Maistre was born LeRoy Leveson Laurent Joseph de Mestre at Bowral, New South Wales, in 1894. One of six children, he grew up in a former residence of the governors of New South Wales and along with his siblings was home tutored rather than going off to school. De Maistre left Bowral when…

Clara Southern (1860 – 1940)

The artist’s home c.1909 belongs to a period of Clara Southern’s work when she was being hailed as one of Victoria’s leading artists. It was produced following her relocation from Melbourne to Warrandyte, a place where she was to live and work for the rest of her life. The painting depicts the cottage, detached studio…

John Russell (1858 – 1930)

John Russell is widely acknowledged as Australia’s finest and first true Impressionist artist. From 1884-1888, when he lived in Paris, Russell gained first-hand experience of the Impressionist style and met its leader, Claude Monet. Russell mixed in a wide circle of progressive artists and became friends with many of them, including the sculptor Auguste Rodin….

Ada May Plante (1875-1950)

A perfectionist, shy and intensely private, Ada Plante painted slowly and lived very quietly on a small inherited income. Although she had attracted recognition as a student and young artist, her work remained relatively unknown. She initially experimented with impressionism but over time she became more interested in Post Impressionism, characterised by the use of…

William Frater (1890 -1974)

William ‘Jock’ Frater was an Australian modernist painter based in Melbourne, who challenged the conservative views of art in the city at the time. He is regarded as an important pioneer in early Australian modernism. Frater was born in Scotland in 1890. At 15, he began an apprenticeship in the Glasgow glass studio of Oscar…

Arnold Shore (1897 – 1963)

Arnold Joseph Victor Shore, artist and critic, was born on 5 May 1897 at Windsor, Melbourne.  At aged 12 he joined a Melbourne firm of glass merchants where he worked for more than twenty years, principally as a designer of stained glass. Also working at the same firm was the artist William Frater, who became…