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An image of Interior with wardrobe mirror by Grace Cossington Smith

Grace Cossington Smith

(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)

Title
Interior with wardrobe mirror
Place of origin
TurramurraSydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
1955
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas on paperboard
Dimensions

91.4 x 73.7 cm board; 103.0 x 85.0 x 5.6 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, black ink "G.Cossington Smith 55".
Credit
Purchased 1967
Accession number
OA11.1967
Copyright
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith
Location
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

My chief interest, I think, has always been colour, but not flat crude colour, it must be colour within colour, it has to shine; light must be in it, it is no good having heavy, dead colour … The room is in my own home here, and the sunlight did not come in a definite way but the whole room seemed to be full of light, which is what I want to do more than the actual sunlight. I feel that even the shadows are subdued light and they must have light in them as well as the light parts.

Grace Cossington Smith, 1965

In this painting, short brushstrokes of pure colour animate the pictorial surface, highlighting Grace Cossington Smith’s skill as a colourist. By the mid 1950s the artist had begun to concentrate primarily on domestic interiors, party due to the fact that her much-loved sister had become ill.

Bibliography (35)

Jenny Aland and Max Darby (Editors), Art Connections, 'Art media: materials, techniques, and tools or equipment', pg. 69-80, Port Melbourne, 1998, 78 (colour illus.).

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 108 (colour illus.).

Janine Burke, Australian women artists 1840-1940, Collingwood, 1980, (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a gallery, 'Australian 20th Century Art', pg. 71-89, Sydney, 1984, 86 (colour illus.), 87.

Joan Chambers and Sophia Watson, Art in the sun, 'Grace Cossington Smith 1892-1984', pg. 32, Brookvale, 2000, 32 (colour illus.).

Mary Eagle, Art and Australia (Vol. 38, No. 1), 'Drusilla Modjeska's "Stravinsky's Lunch"', pg. 65-67, North Ryde, Sep 2000-Nov 2000, 66 (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Mosaic and figure', pg. 213-214, Sydney, 2000, 219 (colour illus.), 302.

Joanna Gilmour, Portrait profile: Grace Cossington Smith, 'Portrait profile: Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 2-7, Canberra, 2009, 7 (colour illus.).

James Gleeson., Australian painting today, 'Introduction', Orange, 1960. cat.no. 51

Deborah Hart, Grace Cossington Smith, 'Radiance: a state of being', pg. 76-93, Canberra, 2005, 80, 81 (colour illus.), 105, 159, 180.

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Glenis Israel, Artwise: visual arts 7-10, Milton, 2004, 128 (colour illus.), 129.

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Exhibition history (14)

Christmas selection 2 (1955), Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 07 Dec 1955–22 Dec 1955

Hunters Hill Art Competition 1956, Hunters Hill Town Hall, 20 Feb 1956–25 Feb 1956

Bendigo Art Prize 1956, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Dec 1956 -

Sydney painting 1957, Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, 04 Jun 1957–14 Jun 1957

Waratah Spring Festival Art Exhibition (1958), Commonwealth Bank, Martin Place, 04 Oct 1958–11 Oct 1958

Macquarie Galleries Adelaide exhibition (1960), Royal South Australia Society of Arts, Adelaide, 30 Aug 1960–10 Sep 1960

Australian painting today (1960), Legacy House, Orange, 02 Oct 1960–08 Oct 1960

Acquisitions 1967, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Mar 1968–01 Apr 1968

Project 41: The mosaic -The grid (1983), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Mar 1983–24 Apr 1983

Twentieth century Australian masterworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Fred Williams Pilbara series from the collection of CRA Limited, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, 04 Oct 1985–06 Nov 1985

Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Mar 1992–12 Apr 1992

Australian Painters Seeing Cézanne, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Nov 1998–17 Jan 1999

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

Grace Cossington Smith: a retrospective exhibition (2005):