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The red mask

mid 1930s


Thea Proctor


02 Oct 1879 – 29 Jul 1966

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  • Details

    mid 1930s
    Media category
    Materials used
    watercolour on silk
    47.3 x 43.5 cm sheet (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r.c., pencil, watercolour "THEA PROCTOR".

    Gift of Emmie Russell 1985
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Art Gallery of New South Wales

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    Thea Proctor

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    Despite their delicacy of colour and texture, Thea Proctor's skilful arrangements of shape and pattern, demonstrate an unwavering command of design in watercolours that range from relative simplicity to the lavish theatricality of 'The red mask'. A love of flowers and flower arranging was part of Proctor's interest in imbuing all aspects of everyday life with elegance and beauty. Her advice was regularly sought in connection with public displays of flowers, while photographs of her floral arrangements and articles on the subject were published in 'The Home' magazine.

    Proctor made many watercolours on silk, including fans, a technique popularised by Charles Conder. She began painting fans while living and working in London from 1903-21, and her still life compositions were well known in Australia from the 1920s on, particularly in Sydney where she was an influential member of the art world.

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