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Title

Western Australian gum blossom

1928


Artist

Margaret Preston

Australia, England, France

29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963


About

'Western Australian gum blossom' is one of a group of paintings by Margaret Preston from the late 1920s, remarkable for their simplicity of design and restrained use of colour. Preston believed that the best subjects for modern art were to be found in everyday life. This, combined with her commitment to a peculiarly 'national art', encouraged her use of Australian native flowers, whose distinctive shapes and colours could be ably expressed in her tightly structured still lifes. The dark outlines and flattened, simplified forms echo the woodcuts she was making at the time.


Details


Date

1928


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

55.3 x 46.0 cm stretcher; 55.0 x 44.7 cm sight; 68.4 x 58.1 x 4.0 cm frame :

0 - Whole; 54.6 x 44.5 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "1928 Margaret Preston".


Credit

Purchased 1978


Accession number

93.1978


Artist information

Margaret Preston

Artist profile

Works in the collection

117


Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history