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An image of Still life with cyclamen by Duncan Grant

Duncan Grant

(Scotland, England 21 Jan 1885 – 09 May 1978)

Still life with cyclamen
Other titles:
Still life with cyclamens
circa 1914
Media category
Materials used
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
Accession number
© Estate of Duncan Grant, courtesy Henrietta Garnett
Not on display
Further information

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

Provenance (2)

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

Bibliography (5)

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. 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.

Exhibition history (2)

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