(Australia 01 Sep 1884–03 Aug 1961)
80.9 x 64.1cm stretcher; 95.7 x 80.0 x 11.0cm frame
'Grand mère' was painted by Hilda Rix Nicholas in Étaples, Northern France.
Executed in the open air, the artwork depicts an elderly peasant woman in a blossoming garden. Rix Nicholas sets the subject of the painting firmly in the frontal plane of a luminously colourful background, an influence of post-impressionist Paris. Short brushstrokes of thickly applied paint animate the pictorial surface and showcase the artist’s draughtsmanship.
Rix Nicholas’s works were acquired by the French government, exhibited in the Salon and the Société des Peintres Orientalistes Français, and she was elected an Associate of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.
Tracy Cooper-Lavery (Australia) (Author), Hilda Rix Nicholas: the man for the job, Bendigo, 2010, 66 (colour illus.), 67.
Anne Gray (Australia, b.1947) (Author), The Edwardians: secrets and desires, Canberra, 2004, 118.
John Pigot (Australia, b.pre 1951, d.2002) (Author), Hilda Rix Nicholas: her life and art, Melbourne, 2000, xi, 21-22, between pages 34-35 (colour illus.). plate no. 7; titled 'Grandmère'; dated 1914
Jean-Claude Lesage (France) (Author), Peintres Australiens à Etaples, Etaples-sur-Mer, 2000, 69 (colour illus.).
Lynne Seear (Australia) (Editor), Julie Ewington (Australia) (Editor), Brought to light: Australian Art 1850-1965, South Brisbane, 1998, 140.
Bernard Smith (Australia, b.1916, d.2011) (Author), Terry Smith (Author), Australian painting 1788-1990, South Melbourne, 1991, 192 (illus.). illus.no. 112
'Public grief, private happiness' by Joanna Mendelssohn, pg. 102., Bulletin 21 Oct 1990, 21 Oct 1990, 102. Note: general reference.
John Pigot (Australia, b.pre 1951, d.2002) (Author), Hilda Rix Nicholas 1844-1961, Melbourne, 1990, 5, 11. cat.no. 7; titled 'Grandmere'; dated: c.1914
Anthony Horderns' Fine Art Gallery (Australia) (Author), Exhibition of drawings and oil paintings by E.H. Rix Nicholas, Sydney, 1919. cat.no. 25; priced £150 gns; not paginated
Hilda Rix Nicholas (Australia, b.1884, d.1961) (Author), Sir Bertram Stevens (Author), The Art of Hilda Rix Nicholas, Sydney, 1919. Note: general reference. Features reproduction of 'In Picardy.' from NGV and 'A Mother of France.' Both paintings have similiar subject matter; not paginated.
Exhibition of drawings and oil paintings by E.H. Rix Nicholas (1919), Anthony Horderns' Fine Art Gallery, 1919–1919.
Les étés d'or: A homage to France, S.H. Ervin Gallery, 30 Jun 1989–30 Jul 1989.
Hilda Rix Nicholas 1884-1961, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, 20 Sep 1990–27 Oct 1990.