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An image of Apples by Constance Roth

Constance Roth

(Australia, England, South Africa 14 May 1859 – 06 May 1928)

Title
Apples
Year
1890
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on cedar panel
Dimensions

24.8 x 91.0 cm board

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l. corner, sideways, red oil " H. C. Roth/ 1890".
Credit
Purchased 1890
Accession number
4625
Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

Constance Roth was a British-born artist, teacher and designer who came to Sydney in 1885 after arriving in Melbourne in 1884. She was significant in promoting the ideals of the British Aesthetic Movement, which sought to elevate the idea of beauty and to create artistically enhanced domestic environments.

Although Roth exhibited prolifically in Sydney, 'Apples' is one of her few extant works. It reveals the Aesthetic Movement’s crossover between painting and ornamental design that was central to Roth’s work. With its condensed and decorative composition, 'Apples' suggests the influence of Japanese art and manifests the 'arts for art’s sake' creed that underpinned Aesthetic practices.

Bibliography (16)

Maurice Brodzky (Editor), Table talk, Melbourne, 19 Sep 1890, 7.

Maurice Brodzky (Editor), Table talk, Melbourne, 10 Oct 1890, 6.

Jane Clark, Golden summers: Heidelberg and beyond, 'Sydney Harbour', pg. 150-152, Melbourne, 1985, 156 (colour illus.).

Ann Galbally, Arthur Streeton, Melbourne, 1969, 19 (illus.). illus.no. 7

Dave Headon, The Abundant Culture : Meaning and Significance in Everyday Australia, St Leonards, 1994, front and back covers (illus.).

Joan Kerr, Heritage: The national women's art book, 'Art Society of New South Wales, Sydney 1890: Annual Exhibition', pg. 9-10, Sydney, 1995, 9 (colour illus.), 10, 441. plate no. 12

Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Symbolism: the art of dreams, ‘The sunny south: the landscape as Aesthetic ideal’, pg.81-90, Sydney, 2012, 83, 84 (colour illus.).

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893. cat.no. 345, Australian Court

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1891, Sydney, 1891, 66. cat.no. 229, Australian Court, titled 'Apples'

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899. cat.no. 239, Oil Painting-Australian

Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Art Society of New South Wales Spring Exhibition Catalogue (1890), Sydney, 1890, 44. cat.no. 189, titled 'Apples', price £12.12.0

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 181.

Vivienne Webb, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Golden age', pg. 37-38, Sydney, 2000, 52 (colour illus.), 302.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Australasian builder & contractors news: for architects, surveyors, engineers, &c., Sydney, 13 Sep 1890, 198.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Art, music and the drama', pg. 5, Sydney, 06 Sep 1890, 5.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Illustrated Sydney News, Sydney, 30 Aug 1890, 5.

Exhibition history (3)

Spring Exhibition of the Art Society of New South Wales (1890), Society Rooms, Union Chambers, Sydney, Oct 1890 -

Travelling Art Exhibition 1953. Still life and flower paintings by Australian artists:

Centenary celebration: First Australian Exhibition of Women's Work 1907, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine, 21 Oct 2007–09 Dec 2007