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An image of I lived at Berowra by Margaret Preston
Alternate image of I lived at Berowra by Margaret Preston Alternate image of I lived at Berowra by Margaret Preston

Margaret Preston

(Australia, England, France 29 Apr 1875 – 28 May 1963)

Title
I lived at Berowra
Other titles:
Berowra
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
1941
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

46.4 x 39.7 cm stretcher; 56.5 x 56.4 x 8.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.l., pencil "M". Signed and dated bot.c., pencil "M. Preston 1941".
Credit
Purchased 1941
Accession number
7177
Copyright
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate
Location
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

In 1936, Margaret Preston moved with her husband to a new home at Berowra to live in a house surrounded by bushland a couple of kilometres from the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney. 'I lived at Berowra' is among a number of works, including 'The brown pot' and 'Grey day in the ranges' that were painted within a three year period. They are characterized by a simplification of form, flattened perspectives and a reduced palette of earth-toned colours reminiscent of natural ochres found in the landscape, a visual expression of Preston's increasing interest in Aboriginal art.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000

Bibliography (27)

Aboriginal art', Look, 'Preston's Aboriginal inspiration: how Margaret Preston was influenced, pg. 16-17, South Yarra, Sep 2001, 17.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2002, 'Year in review', pg. 8-25, Sydney, 2002, 15.

Elizabeth Butel, Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Ringwood, 1985, 57 (colour illus.), 86. cat.no. O.15

Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 2005, 27.

Joanna Capon, Yin-yang : China in Australia, 'The influence of China on Australian art', pg. 47-55, Sydney, 2008, 54.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Curator), dOCUMENTA (13): the book of books, 'Participants, biographies, and exhibited objects and works', pg. 674-725, Ostfildern, 2012, 712.

Dennis Colsey and Hal Missingham, One hundred years of Australian landscape painting: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1968, Sydney, 1968, 18, 19 (illus.). cat.no. 20

Deborah Edwards, Australian Collection Focus: Margaret Preston The brown pot 1940, I lived at Berowra 1941, Grey day in the ranges 1942, 'An art for Australian, from Australians', pg. 3-9, Sydney, 2002, front cover (colour illus., detail), 4, 5 (colour illus.), 7-9, 13, 15-16.

Deborah Edwards, Margaret Preston, ‘An art for Australia from Australians 1940s-1950s', pg.173-250, Sydney, 2005, 188, 189 (colour illus.), 190, 202, 240, 284.

Deborah Edwards and Rose Peel, Margaret Preston: Catalogue raisonné of paintings, monotypes and ceramics, Sydney, 2005, (colour illus.). Artworks: paintings 1941.

Deborah Edwards, Art Monthly Australia, 'Margaret Preston: reviewing the landscape', pg. 19-23, Acton, Dec 2002-Feb 2003, 19 (colour illus.), 20-21.

Deborah Edwards, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Landscapes of modernity 1920s-40s', pg. 216-235, Sydney, 2013, 222, 229 (colour illus.), 315, 323.

Peter Emmett, Sydney: metropolis, suburb, harbour, 'Suburb', pg. 71-72, Glebe, 2000, 99, 100 (colour illus.).

Humphrey McQueen, The black swan of trespass: the emergence of Modernist painting in Australia to 1944, Sydney, 1979, (illus.). plate no. 26

Denise Mimmocchi and Deborah Edwards, Art and Australia (Vol. 43, No. 1), 'Margaret Preston', pg. 100-107, Paddington, Sep 2005-Nov 2005, 107.

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. cat.no. 151

Hal Missingham, Contemporary Australian painting from the National Collection, Sydney, circa 1946, 2 (illus.), 11. cat.no. 16

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Margaret Preston and William Dobell loan exhibition, Sydney, 1942. cat.no. 46

National Council of Women, An exhibition of women's achievements in the arts, New South Wales, 1960. cat.no. 31; Kindly lent by the AGNSW

New South Wales Society of Artists, Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, Sydney, 1941. cat.no. 4; Room One; titled 'I lived at Berowra'; price: 12 Gns.

Ian North, The art of Margaret Preston, South Australia, 1980, 11, 50 (illus.). cat.no. O.35

Barry Pearce and Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Forthcoming Australian features', pg. 24, South Yarra, Apr 2001, front cover (colour illus.), 7 (colour illus.), 24 (colour illus.).

Georgina Pemberton, H&H: Hoofs & horns, 'Portrait of a lady', pg. 128-129, Neutral Bay, Autumn 2005, 128, 129 (colour illus.).

Nicholas Thomas, Possessions: indigenous art / colonial culture, 'Beginnings', pg.7-49, London, 1999, 39.

Unknown, Events March-May 2000, 'Sydney Sub-urb', pg. 1, Glebe, Mar 2000-May 2000, 1 (illus.). in 'Exhibitions' section

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph and daily news, 'An exhibition pre-view: Artists assist red cross', pg. 6, Sydney, 05 Sep 1941, 6. Review of the Society of Artists Exhibition, 1941.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Home annual: Australian life and scenery, Sydney, Oct 1941, 28 (colour illus.). titled 'Berowra'

Exhibition history (14)

Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1941), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, 05 Sep 1941–25 Sep 1941

Margaret Preston and William Dobell loan exhibition (1942), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Mar 1942–16 Apr 1942

Contemporary Australian painting from the National collection, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1946–1950

A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953

Women's achievements in the arts:

One hundred years of Australian landscape painting: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1968, Various, 1968–1969

The art of Margaret Preston, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 23 May 1980–22 Jul 1980

Suburb, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 15 Apr 2000–23 Jul 2000

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

Australian Collection Focus: Margaret Preston The brown pot 1940, I lived at Berowra 1941, Grey day in the ranges 1942, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 Sep 2001–03 Feb 2002

Margaret Preston retrospective:

Yin-Yang: China in Australia, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 08 Aug 2008–28 Sep 2008

dOCUMENTA (13), Documenta, Kassel, 09 Jun 2012–16 Sep 2012

Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013