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An image of Dian dreams (Una Falkiner) by Violet Teague

Violet Teague

(Australia 1872 – 1951)

Title
Dian dreams (Una Falkiner)
Year
1909
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

159.0 x 108.2 cm stretcher; 167.8 x 115.6 x 6.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "Violet Teague 1909".
Credit
Gift of the sitter's daughter, Lawre Bruce Steer 1975
Accession number
60.1975
Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

Violet Teague achieved recognition as a fashionable portrait painter in the early 1900s, having studied in Brussels, London and Melbourne. Her painting 'Dian dreams' is an assured study, on a grand scale, of Mrs Una Falkiner, a famous beauty of her time and a student at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School. The work constructs a quintessentially female world, in line with approved roles for women of the period, and yet it is larger than this in its unusual profile view of an entirely confident and sophisticated woman for whom the spectator is virtually irrelevant. It was awarded a bronze medal at the Panama Pacific exhibition in San Francisco in 1915.

Teague is also recognised for her Japanese style prints depicting the Australian bush.

Bibliography (14)

Caroline Ambrus, Australian Women Artists, First Fleet to 1945: History, Hearsay and Hersay, Woden, circa 1992, 192 (colour illus.). plate no. 16

Janine Burke, Australian women artists diary, Birchgrove, circa 1993, cover (colour illus.).

Anna Clabburn, The art of Violet Teague 1872-1951 - Education Kit, Parkville, 1999, cover (colour illus.).

Jane Clark, Violet Teague, 'Introduction', pg. 9-21, Roseville, 1999, 17 (colour illus.), 30-31, 49, 51-53, 56, 126-127. plate no. 6

Jill Dupleix and Jane Miller, The Women's Cookbook, Victoria, 1992, 144 (colour illus.).

Suzanne Falkiner, Ethel a love story, Sydney, 1996, illus.. This image appears between pages 148 and 149.

Victoria Hammond and Juliet Peers, Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg era, Hawthorn East, 1992, 6 (colour illus.). plate no. 6

Jeanette Hoorn, Art and Australia (Vol. 37, No. 1), 'Review; Melbourne Scene', pg. 146-147, North Ryde, 1999, 146 (illus.).

Bruce James., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'No shrinking Violet', Sydney, 13 May 2000, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague' at the SH Ervin Gallery.

Joan Kerr (Editor), Heritage: The national women's art book, Sydney, 1995, 21, 461.

Catherine Lambert., Sunday Herald Sun, 'Painter strives for top of tree', Melbourne, 12 Dec 1999, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague', touring Australia 1999-2000, in 'The Arts' section.

Anne Latreille., Age, 'Lest we forget', Melbourne, 24 Jul 1999, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague', touring Australia 1999-2000.

Robert Nelson., The Sunday age, 'Not quite a modern woman', Melbourne, 13 Feb 2000, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague', touring Australia 1999-2000.

Robert Whitehead (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'The picture show women', Sydney, 03 Jun 2000, page unknown. Review of the exhibitions 'The art of Violet Teague', 'Politically incorrect: the art of Clarice Beckett', and the Olive Cotton retrospective.

Exhibition history (3)

The Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 20 Feb 1915–04 Dec 1915

Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg Era:

The Art of Violet Teague (1872-1951):