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La marée haute à Saint-Malo

(circa 1911-circa 1912)


Ethel Carrick

England, Australia

07 Feb 1872 – 17 Jun 1952

  • Details

    Other Titles
    La marée haute a Saint-Malô (High tide at St Malô)
    High Tide at St. Malo
    (circa 1911-circa 1912)
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    79.0 x 64.0 cm; 100.0 x 84.3 x 8.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l., oil "CARRICK". Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Gleeson O'Keefe Foundation 2009
    South Building, ground level, Grand Courts
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Ethel Carrick

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Ethel Carrick painted vivacious impressionist-influenced European landscapes, market scenes and flower pieces. After studying in London early in the 20th century, Carrick settled in Paris in 1905 where she became actively involved with women’s painting societies. She travelled extensively with her artist-husband, E Phillips Fox, in France, Italy, Northern Africa and Spain.

    Her depiction of Saint-Malo conveys a moment seized with delightful briskness. Carrick painted it during a trip along the coast of Brittany with Phillips Fox. In it, she portrays a lively orchestration of visitors to the charming fortified town as they file between rows of change booths, the small beach shrunken by the encroaching tide. She embraces the colourful array of hats, jackets, dresses and umbrellas worn by the promenading figures shimmering in the sun, immortalising pleasures soon to recede with the advent of war.

    After Fox’s death in 1915, Carrick lived mostly abroad, travelling further in Europe, and painting in Majorca, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and India, before living for a time in Kashmir in the 1930s.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 12 publications

    • Georgina Downey, Art, love and life: Ethel Carrick and E Phillips Fox, 'Cosmopolitans and expatriates', pg. 57-65, Brisbane, 2011, 64 (colour illus.), 90 (colour illus.), 157.

    • Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Beauties of the Belle Epoque in Australia', pg. 16-18, Sydney, May 2011, 17 (colour illus.), 18. page 18 colour illus of related work in private collection

    • Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily telegraph, 'Gallery works on its 'little masterpiece'', pg. 56, Sydney, 20 Jan 2010, 56.

    • Elin Howe, Ethel Carrick Fox, Sydney, 1986, 14.

    • Simon Ives, Look, 'High tide for the Belle Epoque', pg. 15-17, Sydney, Jul 2010, 15 (colour illus., detail), 16 (colour illus., detail), 17 (colour illus.).

    • Barry Pearce, Look, 'Jewel of a painting returns: Out of Australian sight for nearly ninety years', pg. 12-13, Sydney, Mar 2010, 12 (colour illus., detail), 13 (colour illus.).

    • Royal Academy of Arts, The Royal Academy of Arts, 1917, London, 1917, 28. cat.no. 291; titled 'High tide at St. Malo'; Gallery no. V.

    • G.F.H. Schuler (Editor), Age, 'Art notes: Mrs E. Phillips Fox's pictures', Melbourne, 11 Jul 1913.

    • Sussanah Smith, Look, 'Anatomy of an artwork - Heat Wave', pg. 42-43, Sydney, Nov 2019-Dec 2019, 42, 43 (colour illus.).

    • Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (Compilator), Société nationale des beaux-arts reconnue d'utilité publique: Salon de 1912 (XXII Exposition), 'Catalogue des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, dessin, gravure, architecture, arts décoratifs', Paris, 111. cat.no. 268

    • Catherine Stuart and Paul Finucane, Odd roads to be walking: 156 women who shaped Australian art, Cork, 2019, 56 (colour illus.).

    • Jill Sykes, Look, 'Worth a second look', Sydney, Aug 2011, 10.

Other works by Ethel Carrick

See all 5 works