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Title

Still life with pink fish


Artist

Margaret Olley

Australia

22 Jun 1923 - 25 Jul 2011


About

Margaret Olley is renowned for her unique contribution to the tradition of still life and interior subjects in Australian art. The era in which this painting was produced was significant in the early development of her career. She held her first solo exhibition at Sydney's Macquarie Galleries in 1948, from which public galleries purchased works. The following year, after attracting attention as the subject of William Dobell's Archibald Prize-winning portrait, she departed for Europe to explore the international art scene.

'Still life with pink fish' stems from the artist's interest in late nineteenth century and early twentieth century French painters, particularly Cézanne. It presents a tabletop arrangement of fruit, native flowers and pink fish on carefully draped fabrics. Colour is relatively subdued, but used purposefully to create harmony in the composition.


Details


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1948


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on cheesecloth on hardboard


Dimensions

76.3 x 97.0 cm board; 93.0 x 113.0 x 4.8 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown oil "Olley 48".


Credit

Purchased 1948


Location

Not on display


Accession number

8094


Artist information

Margaret Olley

Works in the collection

16


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Helen Campbell, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Out of Sydney: city and hinterlands', pg. 185-186, Sydney, 2000, 210 (colour illus.), 301.

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. cat.no. 148

National Council of Women, An exhibition of women's achievements in the arts, New South Wales, 1960. cat.no. 16; Kindly lent by the AGNSW

Barry Pearce, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Introduction: Convergent Spirits', pg. 10-19, Sydney, 2002, 18 (colour illus.), 19, 132, 145, 147.

Barry Pearce, Margaret Olley, Sydney, 1996, 16 (illus.), 17.

Meg Stewart, Margaret Olley: far from a still life, Milsons Point, 2005, 185.