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Title

Woman at a washtub

1918


Artist

Nils Gren

Sweden, Australia, United States of America

20 Apr 1893 - 06 Aug 1940


About

While the artist has signed this work Niel A Gren he was born Nils Ahgren and was later known as Nils Gren. Born in Sweden, Gren was in Australia by 1916, studying with Antonio Datillo-Rubbo in Sydney along with Roland Wakelin, Grace Cossington Smith and possibly Roy de Maistre. He also worked alongside Wakelin (and other artists including Lloyd Rees, Percy Leason and Albert Collins) at the commercial art firm Smith and Julius, run by Sydney Ure Smith and Harry Julius. While a temporary resident of Sydney, his work formed part of the vital movement of emerging modernist practices during the interwar period, and he was an important member of the city’s contemporary cultural milieu.


Details


Date

1918


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on paper on paperboard


Dimensions

34.3 x 29.2 cm board; 43.0 x 38.6 x 3.2 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, black ink "Niel A Gren/ 1918".


Credit

Purchased 1960


Location

Not on display


Accession number

OA23.1960


Artist information

Nils Gren

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jasmin Dessmann and Deborah Edwards, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'The lost moderns: Tempe Manning, Niel A Gren and Norah Simpson', pg. 38-41, Sydney, 2013, 38, 40 (colour illusd.), 313, 322.

Roland Wakelin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Post Impressionism in Sydney: Some personal recollections', pg. 91-95, Sydney, Jan 1962, 92 (illus.).