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Still life with cyclamen

circa 1914


Duncan Grant

Scotland, England

21 Jan 1885 - 09 May 1978


One of the Bloomsbury Group, Scottish born artist Duncan Grant was a decorator and designer as well as a painter. He was influenced by developments in French art and exhibited in the 1912 Second Post Impressionist Exhibition, London. In various ways he sought an approach to Modernism. The gentle, delicate fragmented light and colour of this painting is typical of the English sensibility - gentler, and more tentative, intuitive and inconsistent than the French, where a particular theory guided the total effect.

AGNSW Handbook, 1994


Other Title

Still life with cyclamens


circa 1914

Media category


Materials used

oil on board


74.0 x 63.5 cm board; 99.5 x 88.0 x 7.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased with funds provided by Margaret Olley and the Sam Hughes Memorial Fund 1993


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Duncan Grant

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Pamela Harris, London/England, From the Estate of Pamela Harris, a Bloomsbury friend of the artist.

Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from Robin Gibson Gallery 1993

Referenced in 5 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Renée Free, AGNSW Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 162 (colour illus.).

members of the Camden Town Group', Perfect Moderns: A history of the Camden Town Group, 'Catalogue of paintings in public collections, pp.157-208, Aldershot, 2000, 186.

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 23 (colour illus.), 92. 821

Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart selections, Sydney, 2002. NOTE: no catalogue numbers; titled 'Still life with cyclamens'; Margaret Olley selection.