Eveline Syme was born in England and grew up in Melbourne. She studied art in Paris in the early 1920s, including at Andre Lhote’s school in Montparnasse, where she learnt the principles of cubism and began making colour linocuts in 1927, taught by her friend and contemporary Ethel Spowers. She enrolled at Claude Flight’s Grosvenor School in London after reading his publication 'Lino-cuts' (1927), of which she later wrote:
"Here was something new and different … I had seen nothing more vital and essentially ‘modern’ in the best sense of the word than the reproductions shown".
This image shows the influence of Japanese woodblock prints, in its compositional flatness and high viewpoint. Arthur Streeton, reviewing an exhibtion that indluded this work, said of it: “Eveline Syme shows a charmingly cool harmony of colour …’The Yarra at Warrandyte’…” (The Argus, 5 April 1932, pg.9).
colour linocut on paper
21.9 x 15.4 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r.below image, pencil "EW Syme 1931".
Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Collection Benefactors' Program 2017
Not on display
© Estate of Eveline Syme
Shown in 1 exhibition
Exhibition of linocuts, Everyman's Lending Library, Melbourne, 05 Apr 1932–16 Apr 1932
Referenced in 1 publication
Stephen Coppel., Linocuts of the machine age: Claude Flight and the Grosvenor school, Essay 'The Australians: Dorrit Black, Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme', England, 1995, 47 [not paginated] (colour illus), 66, 182 (illus.). plate 42 and ESY 11 (cat. raisonné entry)