Australian gum blossom
Australia, England, France
29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963
oil on canvas
55.5 x 55.5 cm stretcher; 69.0 x 69.0 x 7.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, blue oil "M.PRESTON". Not dated.
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate, licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 10 exhibitions
Margaret Preston and William Dobell loan exhibition (1942), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Mar 1942–16 Apr 1942
Exhibition of Australian women painters, National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 1946–18 Aug 1946
100 years of Australian painting (1948), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Apr 1948–17 May 1948
Visions after light, art in South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Jul 1981–02 Aug 1981
Favourites: Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries choose from Australian collections (2000), S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 15 Jan 2000–27 Feb 2000
Margaret Preston in Mosman, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, 07 Sep 2002–13 Oct 2002
The art of the picture frame, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 May 2003–12 Sep 2003
Margaret Preston retrospective:
Still life, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jul 2013–23 Apr 2014
O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism:
- Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 07 Oct 2016–19 Feb 2017
- Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 11 Mar 2017–11 Jun 2017
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 01 Jul 2017–01 Oct 2017
Referenced in 21 publications
Ann Elias, Sydney College of the Arts, Useless beauty: Flowers and Australian art, United Kingdom, 2015, 112, 241, plate 41 (colour illus.).
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 100 (colour illus.).
Art Gallery of South Australia, Visions after light: Art in South Australia 1836-1981, Adelaide, 1981. cat.no. 139
Elizabeth Butel, Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Ringwood, 1985, 39 (colour illus.), 86. cat.no. O.9
Chris Deutscher, Australian modern masters and 19th & 20th century Australian and International Fine Art: Fine Art auction 3 & 4 May 2000, Melbourne, 2000, 98. reference to work in association with lot 61 'Australian gum blossom' painted in 1929; colour illus. of lot 61 on pg. 99
Paula Dredge, Margaret Sawicki, Steven Miller and Lindsay Parker, S.A. Parker Framing Works, 'Works in the collection with known Parker frames', pg. 27-68, Sydney, 2004, 36 (illus.).
Deborah Edwards, Margaret Preston, 'Transitions 1920s', pg. 61-150, Sydney, 2005, 136, 137 (colour illus.), 145.
Deborah Edwards and Rose Peel, Margaret Preston: Catalogue raisonné of paintings, monotypes and ceramics, Sydney, 2005, (colour illus.). Artworks: paintings 1928
Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. cat.no. 64 [Gallery No. 2]
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Margaret Preston and William Dobell loan exhibition, Sydney, 1942, 7. cat.no. 9
Ian North, The art of Margaret Preston, South Australia, 1980. cat.no. 24
Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries choose from public and private collections, Sydney, 2000. Catalogue entry appears in inserted list to printed catalogue
Margaret Preston., Exhibition of Australian women painters, 'Introduction', Sydney, 1946. cat.no. 29; titled 'Australian gum blossom'
Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 9. cat.no. 48
David Thomas, Deutscher and Hackett Fine art auction: Melbourne Wednesday 31 August 2011, Catalogue entry for Lot 16 Margaret Preston 'Thunbergia (black-eyed Susan)', pg. 44-45, Woollahra, Aug 2011, 44.
Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 26], Sydney, Dec 1928, (illus.). not paginated
Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 29], Sydney, Sep 1929, (illus.). not paginated
Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 27], Sydney, Mar 1929, (illus.). not paginated
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Home: an Australian quarterly, Sydney, Mar 1928, cover (colour illus.).
Unknown (Editor), Sun, 'Art Gallery Purchase', Sydney, 01 Jun 1928, 10.
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'For the National Art Gallery.', Sydney, 02 Jun 1928, 18 (illus.).