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An image of La poupee by Thea Proctor

Thea Proctor

(Australia 02 Oct 1879 – 29 Jul 1966)

La poupee
Other titles:
La poupée
Media category
Materials used
woodcut, printed in black ink, hand-coloured on thin cream laid paper

17.8 x 11.3 cm blockmark; 22.7 x 15.4 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath image, pencil "Thea Proctor". Signed within block to print l.r., incised "TP".
Purchased 1978
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Proctor's strong emphasis on design through simplified forms and bright, flat colour is modern; but the bonnets, parasol and costumes of 'La poupée' (The doll) reveal her nostalgia for fashions of the Victorian era.

Bibliography (7)

Roger Arthur Butler, Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955, Canberra, 2007, 169.

Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 5 (colour illus.).

Sarah Engledow', The world of Thea Proctor, 'The world of Thea Proctor', pg. 16-84, Canberra, 2005, 76.

Janda Gooding, Thea Proctor, 'Introduction', pg. 2-6, Perth, 1982, 7 (colour illus.).; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Josef Lebovic, Masterpieces of Australian printmaking, Paddington, 1987, 104, 105 (colour illus.). 143; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Jan Minchin, The prints: Thea Proctor, 'Thea Proctor: a biography', pg. 6-13, Sydney, 1980, 48, 49 (colour illus.). 13; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression

Pamela Gerrish Nunn, Women artists and the decorative arts 1880-1935: the gender of ornament, 'Owning femininity: Thea Proctor and the Australian Avant-garde', pg. 73-95, Aldershot, 2002, 82.

Exhibition history (1)

Australian Collection Focus: Colour, Rhythm, Design - wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Mar 2010–11 Jul 2010