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Title

Studio still life

circa 1940


Artist

Freda Robertshaw

Australia

1916 - 1997


About

Freda Robertshaw graduated from the commercial art course at East Sydney Technical College in 1937 having studied drawing, life drawing, oil painting, watercolour and lettering with Frank Medworth, Douglas Dundas, Herbert Badham, William Dobell, Arthur Murch, Charles Meere and others. She apprenticed herself to Charles Meere, her former life drawing teacher, and trained in his neo-classical style. Her feminised version of his 'Australian beach pattern' (1940) from the AGNSW collection, 'Australian beach scene' (1940) demonstrates her great mastering of Meere’s style. Her 'Standing nude (self portrait)' (1944) is another career highlight, and is the earliest nude self-portrait exhibited by a female artist in Australia.

Robertshaw left Meere’s studio after this work was painted and also left behind figurative painting. She returned to her first loves – landscape and flower painting, and her painting style also changed, becoming looser and post-Impressionistic in style.


Details


Other Title

Still life with bottles


Date

circa 1940


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on hardboard


Dimensions

40.7 x 30.0 cm board; 53.0 x 42.7 x 3.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, white oil "F ROBERTSHAW". Not dated.


Credit

David George Wilson Bequest Fund 2015


Location

Not on display


Accession number

121.2015


Artist information

Freda Robertshaw

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Leanne Santoro, Look, Sun, sea and standing tall, Sydney, Oct 2015, 18, 20 (colour illus.).

19th & 20th century Fine Australian and International Art: Fine Art auction 20 & 21 August 2001 Melbourne, Melbourne, 2001, 185 (colour illus.). lot no. 242; titled "Still life with bottles"