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Title

Macquarie Street

circa 1925


Artist

Margaret Preston

Australia, England, France

29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963


About

This print by Margaret Preston is a modern image of the most historic street in Sydney. A line of vehicles rendered in rhythmical geometric forms, queues by a row of palms with a jumble of early colonial buildings including Sydney Hospital and Parliament House in the background.

Preston was interested in the modern city and made several images of the harbour and central Sydney in the mid 1920s. Using a flattened perspective influenced by the art of Japan, these prints conveyed a sense of modernity through the introduction of technology as a compositional element, combined with a ‘visual shorthand’ of motifs that suggested the particular qualities of Sydney, such as red-roofed houses, sparkling blue harbour, or in this case, sturdy palm trees. They were a marked contrast with the majority of Australian landscape pictures of the period in both subject and style, firmly establishing her as a major Australian modernist.


Details


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

circa 1925


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodcut, printed in black ink, from one block


Edition

4th proof


Dimensions

12.6 x 12.2 cm printed image


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Margaret Preston". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the Sweetapple family 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

113.2020


Artist information

Margaret Preston

Artist profile

Works in the collection

121


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney