- Media category
- Materials used
- pencil, watercolour on silk
- 20.4 x 20.1 cm sight; 42.5 x 40.8 x 3.0 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, grey watercolour "THEA PROCTOR". Not dated.
- Purchased 1927
- 20th-century galleries (ground floor)
- Accession number
- © Art Gallery of New South Wales
- Artist information
Works in the collection
After living in London for 18 years, Thea Proctor returned to Sydney in 1921 and become influential in the city’s modern art movement as an artist, designer and tastemaker. The leitmotif of her art was the slender, languorous woman, often depicted in an all-female space. In compositions of intensified colour and simplified form, they were Proctor’s vehicle for promoting her ideas on modern art and an idealised leisured modern lifestyle. They also imply women were the primary motivators change in the contemporary age.
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Referenced in 6 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 100 (colour illus.).
Jean Campbell, Australian watercolour painters: 1780 to the present day, 'Contemporary stirrings in Sydney', pg. 138-149, Sydney, 1989, 140 (colour illus.).
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 182-197, Sydney, 1999, 193 (colour illus.).
Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Making Sydney modern: the artistic shaping of the postwar city', pg. 66-85, Sydney, 2013, 66 (colour illus.), 67, 315, 323.
Ursula Prunster, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Home and abroad', pg. 73-74, Sydney, 2000, 98 (colour illus.), 301.
Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 14. watercolours cat.no. 20
Other works by Thea Proctor
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