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Title

The red mask


Artist

Thea Proctor

Australia

02 Oct 1879 - 29 Jul 1966


About

Despite their delicacy of colour and texture, Thea Proctor's skilful arrangements of shape and pattern, demonstrate an unwavering command of design in watercolours that range from relative simplicity to the lavish theatricality of 'The red mask'. A love of flowers and flower arranging was part of Proctor's interest in imbuing all aspects of everyday life with elegance and beauty. Her advice was regularly sought in connection with public displays of flowers, while photographs of her floral arrangements and articles on the subject were published in 'The Home' magazine.

Proctor made many watercolours on silk, including fans, a technique popularised by Charles Conder. She began painting fans while living and working in London from 1903-21, and her still life compositions were well known in Australia from the 1920s on, particularly in Sydney where she was an influential member of the art world.


Details


Date

mid 1930s


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour on silk


Dimensions

47.3 x 43.5 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Signed l.r.c., pencil, watercolour "THEA PROCTOR".


Credit

Gift of Emmie Russell 1985


Location

Not on display


Accession number

55.1985


Artist information

Thea Proctor

Works in the collection

56