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The Prints of Margaret Preston

A catalogue raisonne

written by Roger Butler

National Gallery of Australia | ISBN 9780642541914

Hardback – 384 pages


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During a working life of over 60 years, Margaret Preston established herself as one of Australia’s best known artists. Her bright decorative prints of distinctively Australian subjects have delighted the public since the early 1920s. The National Gallery’s 1987 publication The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné was a historic event: the first monograph that the Gallery published on an individual artist, and the first catalogue raisonné that the Gallery produced. Subsequently, many new Preston works were discovered and this new edition expands the original one considerably, reproducing a number of these prints for the first time and filling some gaps left by previous biographies, particularly on the period from Preston’s birth to her marriage in 1919. The emphasis throughout is on Preston as a printmaker, with her techniques and the influences on her work examined in detail.

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