Nursemaids in the Luxembourg Gardens
Australia, France, New Zealand
14 Sep 1876 - 24 Aug 1968
Kathleen O’Connor was a significant expatriate artist who spent almost 50 years living abroad, mostly in Paris, before returning to Australia. She produced a series of paintings in the Luxembourg Gardens, where she spent much time observing people and capturing what she saw in the form
of painted ‘sketches’.
'Nursemaids in the Luxembourg Gardens' emanates from this series. Painted with rapid and fluid brushstrokes on paperboard, it provides the viewer with an intimate glimpse of two nursemaids sitting on a park bench caring
for small children. It evokes a sense of reverie through the muted colours and an emotional distance with the subjects viewed from behind.
Nursemaids in the Luxemburg Gardens
oil on paperboard
48.9 x 59.0 cm board; 63.7 x 74.4 x 4.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, grey oil "K L O'Connor". Not dated.
Not on display
© Reproduced with permission
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Kathleen O'Connor: hommage exhibition, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 22 Feb 1967–19 Mar 1967
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1966, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1967 -
Project 21 - Womens images of women (1977), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 1977–13 Nov 1977
Her story: images of domestic labour in Australian art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 26 Sep 1991–20 Oct 1991
Leaping boundaries: a century of New Zealand artists in Australia, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, 09 Jun 2001–17 Jul 2001
Referenced in 4 publications
Jude Adams, Barbara Hall and Jennifer Barber, Project 21: Women's images of women, Sydney, 1977. cat.no. 28; Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1966 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1966, 14.
Janda Gooding, Chasing Shadows The Art of Kathlenn O'Connor, 'An artist in the Luxembourg Gardens', pg. 19-35, Sydney, 1996, 19-35. NOTE: General reference
Julie Lewis and P. AE. Hutchings, Kathleen O'Connor: artist in exile, 'The Luxembourgh Gardens Pictures', pg. 211-216, Perth, 1987, 245 (colour illus.), 284 (illus.). NOTE: Appendices A is a list of works included in the 1967 "Kathleen O'Connor: Hommage exhibition' held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. cat.no. 72.