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Studio still life

circa 1940


Freda Robertshaw


1916 – 1997

  • Details

    Other Title
    Still life with bottles
    circa 1940
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on hardboard
    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.

    Purchased with funds provided by the David George Wilson Bequest 2015
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Freda Robertshaw

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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