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.
From the Gallery Shop
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".
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith
Where the work was made
Shown in 15 exhibitions
Christmas selection 2 (1955), Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 07 Dec 1955–22 Dec 1955
Hunters Hill Art Competition 1956, Hunters Hill Town Hall, 20 Feb 1956–25 Feb 1956
Bendigo Art Prize 1956, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Dec 1956 -
Sydney painting 1957, Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, 04 Jun 1957–14 Jun 1957
Waratah Spring Festival Art Exhibition (1958), Commonwealth Bank, Martin Place, Sydney, 04 Oct 1958–11 Oct 1958
Macquarie Galleries Adelaide exhibition (1960), Royal South Australia Society of Arts, Adelaide, 30 Aug 1960–10 Sep 1960
Australian painting today (1960), Legacy House, Orange, 02 Oct 1960–08 Oct 1960
Acquisitions 1967, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Mar 1968–01 Apr 1968
Project 41: The mosaic -The grid (1983), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Mar 1983–24 Apr 1983
Twentieth century Australian masterworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Fred Williams Pilbara series from the collection of CRA Limited, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, 04 Oct 1985–06 Nov 1985
Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Mar 1992–12 Apr 1992
Australian Painters Seeing Cézanne, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Nov 1998–17 Jan 1999
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Grace Cossington Smith: a retrospective exhibition (2005):
O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism:
- Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 12 Oct 2016–19 Feb 2017
- Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 11 Mar 2017–11 Jun 2017
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 01 Jul 2017–02 Oct 2017
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, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 30, 31 (colour 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
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 Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 510-521, Sydney, Jan 1970, 523 (illus.).
Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 300-312, Sydney, Mar 1967.
Judith White, Look, 'Life, love and the woman artist', pg. 22, Melbourne, Sep 1999, 22.
Judith White, Look, 'In the Steps of the Master', pg. 18-19, Heidelberg, Dec 1998-Jan 1999, 18 (colour illus.).
Art in the sun, 'Grace Cossington Smith 1892-1984', pg. 32, Brookvale, 2000, 32 (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.).
In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 2002, 93, 94 (colour illus.).
Stravinsky's lunch, 'To Paint What She Saw: Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 203-334, Sydney, 1999, (colour illus.). plate no. 40
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
Artwise: visual arts 7-10, Milton, 2004, 128 (colour illus.), 129.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 07 Dec 1955.
Daily telegraph and daily news, Sydney, 07 Dec 1955.
Project 41 - the mosaic, the grid, Sydney, 1983, 4 (illus.). cat.no. 5
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.
Eyewitness travel guides: Australia, 'Botanic gardens and the Domain', pg. 101-111, London, 1998, 108 (colour illus.).
Art Connections, 'Art media: materials, techniques, and tools or equipment', pg. 69-80, Port Melbourne, 1998, 78 (colour illus.).