One of the Bloomsbury Group, Scottish born artist Duncan Grant was a decorator and designer as well as a painter. He was influenced by developments in French art and exhibited in the 1912 Second Post Impressionist Exhibition, London. In various ways he sought an approach to Modernism. The gentle, delicate fragmented light and colour of this painting is typical of the English sensibility - gentler, and more tentative, intuitive and inconsistent than the French, where a particular theory guided the total effect.
AGNSW Handbook, 1994
Still life with cyclamens
oil on board
74.0 x 63.5 cm board; 99.5 x 88.0 x 7.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by Margaret Olley and the Sam Hughes Memorial Fund 1993
Not on display
© Estate of Duncan Grant, courtesy Henrietta Garnett
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994
Favourites: Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart (2002), S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 12 Jan 2002–24 Feb 2002
Pamela Harris, London/England, From the Estate of Pamela Harris, a Bloomsbury friend of the artist.
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from Robin Gibson Gallery 1993
Referenced in 5 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers
Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 162 (colour illus.).
members of the Camden Town Group', Perfect Moderns: A history of the Camden Town Group, 'Catalogue of paintings in public collections, pp.157-208, Aldershot, 2000, 186.
Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 23 (colour illus.), 92. cat.no. 821
Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart selections, Sydney, 2002. NOTE: no catalogue numbers; titled 'Still life with cyclamens'; Margaret Olley selection.