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Title

Implement blue

1927


Artist

Margaret Preston

Australia, England, France

29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963


About

She feels that this is a mechanical age - a scientific one - highly civilised and unaesthetic. She knows that the time has come to express her surroundings in her work. All around her in the simple domestic life is machinery - patent ice-chests that need no ice, machinery does it; irons heated by invisible heat; washing up machines; electric sweepers, and so on. They all surround her and influence her mind …

Margaret Preston, 1927

'Implement blue' is one of Margaret Preston's most innovative works, embodying the values of progressive, modern living. Its restricted palette and strict analysis of form exemplify Preston's quest to isolate and resolve pictorial problems within the still-life genre. The domestic vessels have been renamed 'implements' and reduced to essential forms.


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Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1927


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas on hardboard


Dimensions

42.5 x 43.0 cm board; 58.3 x 59.0 x 4.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, blue oil "M.PRESTON/ 27".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1960


Accession number

OA7.1960


Artist information

Margaret Preston

Artist profile

Works in the collection

117


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 13 exhibitions

Exhibition history