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Studio portrait, Chelsea



Norah Simpson


05 Jul 1895 – 19 Feb 1974

  • Details

    Other Title
    Self portrait 1911
    Place where the work was made
    Chelsea London England
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    50.8 x 40.7 cm stretcher; 62.7 x 52.7 x 5.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. (Not dated?).

    Purchased 1960
    20th-century galleries (ground floor)
    Accession number
    © Reproduced with permission

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    Artist information
    Norah Simpson

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Norah Simpson is credited with playing an important role in the introduction of post-impressionism to Australia, although she is an unfamiliar figure in Australia – she moved permanently to Europe in 1915 and subsequently ceased painting.

    On a prior visit to London in 1912, she had met members of the Camden Town Group – a group of post-impressionist artists – and saw first-hand in Paris works by Cézanne, Matisse, van Gogh and Picasso. On her return to Australia in 1913, she brought reproductions and books dealing with post-impressionist and cubist work to her art classes with Italian artist–teacher Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, where they had a powerful effect on Simpson’s fellow students Roland Wakelin, Grace Cossington Smith and Roy de Maistre – particularly influencing their use of colour.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 18 publications