Ethel Carrick's depiction of Saint-Malo conveys a moment seized with delightful briskness. She painted it during a trip along the coast of Brittany with her artist-husband E Phillips Fox.
Carrick portrays a lively orchestration of visitors to the charming fortified town, as they file between rows of change booths, the small beach shrunken by the encroaching tide. She embraces the colourful array of hats, jackets, dresses and umbrellas worn by the promenading figures shimmering in the sun, immortalising pleasures soon to recede with the advent of war.
La marée haute a Saint-Malô (High tide at St Malô)
High Tide at St. Malo
(circa 1911-circa 1912)
oil on canvas
79.0 x 64.0 cm; 100.0 x 84.3 x 8.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l., oil "CARRICK". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Gleeson O'Keefe Foundation 2009
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts: Salon de 1912 (XXII Exposition), Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 14 Apr 1912–30 Jun 1912
Paintings by Mrs E. Phillips Fox (Miss Ethel Carrick) (1913):
Royal Academy of Arts, 1917, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1917–1917
Art, love and life: Ethel Carrick and E. Phillips Fox, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 16 Apr 2011–07 Aug 2011
Referenced in 10 publications
Georgina Downey, Art, love and life: Ethel Carrick and E Phillips Fox, 'Cosmopolitans and expatriates', pg. 57-65, Brisbane, 2011, 64 (colour illus.), 90 (colour illus.), 157.
Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Beauties of the Belle Epoque in Australia', pg. 16-18, Sydney, May 2011, 17 (colour illus.), 18. page 18 colour illus of related work in private collection
Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily telegraph, 'Gallery works on its 'little masterpiece'', pg. 56, Sydney, 20 Jan 2010, 56.
Elin Howe, Ethel Carrick Fox, Sydney, 1986, 14.
Simon Ives, Look, 'High tide for the Belle Epoque', pg. 15-17, Sydney, Jul 2010, 15 (colour illus., detail), 16 (colour illus., detail), 17 (colour illus.).
Barry Pearce, Look, 'Jewel of a painting returns: Out of Australian sight for nearly ninety years', pg. 12-13, Sydney, Mar 2010, 12 (colour illus., detail), 13 (colour illus.).
Royal Academy of Arts, The Royal Academy of Arts, 1917, London, 1917, 28. cat.no. 291; titled 'High tide at St. Malo'; Gallery no. V.
G.F.H. Schuler (Editor), Age, 'Art notes: Mrs E. Phillips Fox's pictures', Melbourne, 11 Jul 1913.
Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (Compilator), Société nationale des beaux-arts reconnue d'utilité publique: Salon de 1912 (XXII Exposition), 'Catalogue des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, dessin, gravure, architecture, arts décoratifs', Paris, 111. cat.no. 268
Jill Sykes, Look, 'Worth a second look', Sydney, Aug 2011, 10.