Violet Teague achieved recognition as a fashionable portrait painter in the early 1900s, having studied in Brussels, London and Melbourne. Her painting 'Dian dreams' is an assured study, on a grand scale, of Mrs Una Falkiner, a famous beauty of her time and a student at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School. The work constructs a quintessentially female world, in line with approved roles for women of the period, and yet it is larger than this in its unusual profile view of an entirely confident and sophisticated woman for whom the spectator is virtually irrelevant. It was awarded a bronze medal at the Panama Pacific exhibition in San Francisco in 1915.
Teague is also recognised for her Japanese style prints depicting the Australian bush.
oil on canvas
159.0 x 108.2 cm stretcher; 167.8 x 115.6 x 6.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "Violet Teague 1909".
Gift of the sitter's daughter, Lawre Bruce Steer 1975
Shown in 3 exhibitions
The Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 20 Feb 1915–04 Dec 1915
Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg Era:
- Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine 13 Jul 1992–16 Aug 1992
- Benalla Art Gallery, Australia 28 Aug 1992–27 Sep 1992
The Art of Violet Teague (1872-1951):
- Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong 18 Jul 1999–01 Sep 1999
- Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre 10 Sep 1999–31 Oct 1999
- Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton 09 Nov 1999–12 Dec 1999
- The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Parkville 17 Dec 1999–12 Mar 2000
- Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria 18 Mar 2000–23 Apr 2000
- S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks 06 May 2000–11 Jun 2000
Referenced in 14 publications
Caroline Ambrus, Australian Women Artists, First Fleet to 1945: History, Hearsay and Hersay, Woden, circa 1992, 192 (colour illus.). plate no. 16
Australian women artists diary, Birchgrove, circa 1993, cover (colour illus.).
Anna Clabburn, The art of Violet Teague 1872-1951 - Education Kit, Parkville, 1999, cover (colour illus.).
Jane Clark, Violet Teague, 'Introduction', pg. 9-21, Sydney, 1999, 17 (colour illus.), 30-31, 49, 51-53, 56, 126-127. plate no. 6
Jill Dupleix and Jane Miller, The Women's Cookbook, Victoria, 1992, 144 (colour illus.).
Suzanne Falkiner, Ethel a love story, Sydney, 1996, illus.. This image appears between pages 148 and 149.
Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg era, Hawthorn East, 1992, 6 (colour illus.). plate no. 6
Jeanette Hoorn, Art and Australia (Vol. 37, No. 1), 'Review; Melbourne Scene', pg. 146-147, Sydney, 1999, 146 (illus.).
Bruce James., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'No shrinking Violet', Sydney, 13 May 2000, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague' at the SH Ervin Gallery.
Heritage: The national women's art book, Sydney, 1995, 21, 461.
Catherine Lambert., Sunday Herald Sun, 'Painter strives for top of tree', Melbourne, 12 Dec 1999, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague', touring Australia 1999-2000, in 'The Arts' section.
Anne Latreille., Age, 'Lest we forget', Melbourne, 24 Jul 1999, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague', touring Australia 1999-2000.
Robert Nelson., The Sunday age, 'Not quite a modern woman', Melbourne, 13 Feb 2000, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague', touring Australia 1999-2000.
Robert Whitehead (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'The picture show women', Sydney, 03 Jun 2000, page unknown. Review of the exhibitions 'The art of Violet Teague', 'Politically incorrect: the art of Clarice Beckett', and the Olive Cotton retrospective.