Interior with wardrobe mirror
Grace Cossington Smith
1892 - 20 Dec 1984
My chief interest, I think, has always been colour, but not flat crude colour, it must be colour within colour, it has to shine; light must be in it, it is no good having heavy, dead colour … The room is in my own home here, and the sunlight did not come in a definite way but the whole room seemed to be full of light, which is what I want to do more than the actual sunlight. I feel that even the shadows are subdued light and they must have light in them as well as the light parts.
Grace Cossington Smith, 1965
In this painting, short brushstrokes of pure colour animate the pictorial surface, highlighting Grace Cossington Smith’s skill as a colourist. By the mid 1950s the artist had begun to concentrate primarily on domestic interiors, party due to the fact that her much-loved sister had become ill.
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oil on canvas on paperboard
91.4 x 73.7 cm board; 103.0 x 85.0 x 5.6 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, black ink "G.Cossington Smith 55".
Not on display
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith
Where the work was made
Referenced in 37 publications
Mary Eagle, Art and Australia (Vol. 38, No. 1), 'Drusilla Modjeska's "Stravinsky's Lunch"', pg. 65-67, Sydney, Sep 2000-Nov 2000, 66 (colour illus.).
Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Mosaic and figure', pg. 213-214, Sydney, 2000, 219 (colour illus.), 302.
Joanna Gilmour, Portrait profile: Grace Cossington Smith, 'Portrait profile: Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 2-7, Canberra, 2009, 7 (colour illus.).
James Gleeson., Australian painting today, 'Introduction', Orange, 1960. cat.no. 51
Deborah Hart, Grace Cossington Smith, 'Radiance: a state of being', pg. 76-93, Canberra, 2005, 80, 81 (colour illus.), 105, 159, 180.
Bruce James, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 40-51, Sydney, 2000, 50 (colour illus.), 51.
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 160 (colour illus.).
Rosemary Lloyd, Yearbook of comparative and general literature [Vol. 49, 2001], 'Objects in the mirror: gendering the still life', pg. 39-55, Bloomington, 2002, 48, 55 (illus.).
Barry Pearce., Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, 'Preface', Sydney, 1991, (colour illus.). not paginated, no catalogue numbers
Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 30, 31 (colour illus.).
Ursula Prunster, Classic Cézanne, 'Seeing Cézanne: Australian affinities', pg. 61-71, Sydney, 1998, 68 (colour illus.), 70. figure no. 33
Ursula Prunster, Australian painters; Seeing Cézanne, 'An era of staunch individuals: the 1940s to 1960s', pg. 9-12, Sydney, 1998, 11, 16(colour illus.), 31. cat.no. 40
John Saxby, Look, 'A window opens on new stories about building the collection', pg. 26-28, Sydney, May 2015, 26 (colour illus.), 28.
Susannah Smith, Look, 'Mirror, mirror', pg. 46, Sydney, Nov 2015, 46 (colour illus.).
Virginia Spate, Art Monthly Australia, 'Amazing Grace: Thoughts inspired by the Grace Cossington Smith exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra', pg. 22-30, Canberra, Aug 2005, 29 (colour illus.), 30.
Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 300-312, Sydney, Mar 1967.
Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 510-521, Sydney, Jan 1970, 523 (illus.).
Judith White, Look, 'In the Steps of the Master', pg. 18-19, Heidelberg, Dec 1998-Jan 1999, 18 (colour illus.).
Judith White, Look, 'Life, love and the woman artist', pg. 22, Melbourne, Sep 1999, 22.
Art Connections, 'Art media: materials, techniques, and tools or equipment', pg. 69-80, Port Melbourne, 1998, 78 (colour illus.).
Art Wise - Visual Arts years 7-10, Queensland, 1997.
In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 1995, 104 (colour illus.).
Twentieth century Australian masterworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Fred Williams Pilbara Series, Tokyo, 1985, 21 (colour illus.). cat.no. 6
Portrait of a Gallery, 'Australian 20th Century Art', pg. 71-89, Sydney, 1984, 86 (colour illus.), 87.
Project 41 - the mosaic, the grid, Sydney, 1983, 4 (illus.). cat.no. 5
Interiors - from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1981, 12. cat.no. 18
Art and Artists of Australia, Melbourne, 1981, (colour illus.).
Australian women artists 1840-1940, Collingwood, 1980, (colour illus.).
Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 108 (colour illus.).
1967 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1967, 22. cat.no. 28
The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 07 Dec 1955.
Daily telegraph and daily news, Sydney, 07 Dec 1955.
Artwise: visual arts 7-10, Milton, 2004, 128 (colour illus.), 129.
In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 2002, 93, 94 (colour illus.).
Art in the sun, 'Grace Cossington Smith 1892-1984', pg. 32, Brookvale, 2000, 32 (colour illus.).
Stravinsky's lunch, 'To Paint What She Saw: Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 203-334, Sydney, 1999, (colour illus.). plate no. 40
Eyewitness travel guides: Australia, 'Botanic gardens and the Domain', pg. 101-111, London, 1998, 108 (colour illus.).