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Title

Grand mère

(circa 1914)


Artist

Hilda Rix Nicholas

Australia

01 Sep 1884 - 03 Aug 1961


About

'Grand mère' was painted by Hilda Rix Nicholas in Étaples, Northern France. Executed in the open air, the artwork depicts an elderly peasant woman in a blossoming garden. Rix Nicholas sets the subject of the painting firmly in the frontal plane of a luminously colourful background, an influence of post-impressionist Paris. Short brushstrokes of thickly applied paint animate the pictorial surface and showcase the artist's draughtsmanship.

Rix Nicholas's works were acquired by the French government, exhibited in the Salon and the Société des Peintres Orientalistes Français, and she was elected an Associate of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.


Details


Other Titles

Grand-mère

Grandmere

Grand Mère

Grand mere


Place where the work was made

Etaples-sur-Mer France


Date

(circa 1914)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

80.9 x 64.1 cm stretcher; 95.7 x 80.0 x 11.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, blue oil "EHRix [monogram]". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1919


Accession number

6107


Artist information

Hilda Rix Nicholas

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 12 publications

Bibliography


Ann Galbally, The Edwardians: secrets and desires, 'Reflected selves', pg. 106-121, Canberra, 2004, 118.

Joanna Mendelssohn, Bulletin, 'Public grief, private happiness', pg. 102, Sydney, 21 Oct 1990, 102. Note: general reference.

John Pigot, Brought to Light: Australian Art 1850–1965 from the Queensland Art Gallery collection, 'A national heroine. Hilda Rix Nicholas: the fair musterer', pg. 138-141, Brisbane, 1998, 140.

John Pigot, Hilda Rix Nicholas 1844-1961, 'Introduction', pg. 5-8, Melbourne, 1990, 5, 11. cat.no. 7; titled 'Grandmere'; dated: c.1914

Catherine Speck, Hilda Rix Nicholas: the man for the job, 'The brilliant early years', pg. 65-73, Bendigo, 2010, 66 (colour illus.), 67.

Bertram Stevens., The Art of Hilda Rix Nicholas, 'The Art of Hilda Rix Nicholas', Sydney, 1919. Note: general reference. Features reproduction of 'In Picardy.' from NGV and 'A Mother of France.' Both paintings have similiar subject matter; not paginated.

Elena Taylor, Une Australienne: Hillda Rix Nicholas in Paris, Tangier & Sydney, 'An Australian in Paris', pg. 9-22, Mosman, 2014, 16, 17 (colour illus.), 43, 74.

Unknown, Peintres Australiens à Etaples, 'Hilda Rix Nicholas', pg. 62-70, Etaples-sur-Mer, 2000, 69 (colour illus.).

Bernard William Smith and Unknown, Australian painting 1788-1990, 'Leviticus 1913-32', pg. 167-204, South Melbourne, 1991, 192 (illus.). illus.no. 112

Unknown, Hilda Rix Nicholas: her life and art, 'Framing a career', pg. 9-26, Melbourne, 2000, xi, 21-22, between pages 34-35 (colour illus.). plate no. 7; titled 'Grandmère'; dated 1914

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Link across the harbour', pg. 8, Sydney, Jun 2014, 8 (colour illus.).

Unknown, Exhibition of drawings and oil paintings by E.H. Rix Nicholas, Sydney, 1919. cat.no. 25; priced £150 gns; not paginated