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Nursemaids in the Luxembourg Gardens

(circa 1923)


Kathleen O'Connor

Australia, France, New Zealand

14 Sep 1876 – 24 Aug 1968

  • Details

    Other Title
    Nursemaids in the Luxemburg Gardens
    (circa 1923)
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on paperboard
    48.9 x 59.0 cm board; 63.7 x 74.4 x 4.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. corner, grey oil "K L O'Connor". Not dated.

    Purchased 1966
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Reproduced with permission

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    Artist information
    Kathleen O'Connor

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Kathleen O’Connor was a significant expatriate artist who spent almost 50 years living abroad, mostly in Paris, before returning to Australia. She produced a series of paintings in the Luxembourg Gardens, where she spent much time observing people and capturing what she saw in the form
    of painted ‘sketches’.

    'Nursemaids in the Luxembourg Gardens' emanates from this series. Painted with rapid and fluid brushstrokes on paperboard, it provides the viewer with an intimate glimpse of two nursemaids sitting on a park bench caring
    for small children. It evokes a sense of reverie through the muted colours and an emotional distance with the subjects viewed from behind.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

    • Jude Adams, Barbara Hall and Jennifer Barber, Project 21: Women's images of women, Sydney, 1977. cat.no. 28; Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

    • Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1966 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1966, 14.

    • Janda Gooding, Chasing Shadows The Art of Kathlenn O'Connor, 'An artist in the Luxembourg Gardens', pg. 19-35, Sydney, 1996, 19-35. NOTE: General reference

    • Julie Lewis and P. AE. Hutchings, Kathleen O'Connor: artist in exile, 'The Luxembourgh Gardens Pictures', pg. 211-216, Perth, 1987, 245 (colour illus.), 284 (illus.). NOTE: Appendices A is a list of works included in the 1967 "Kathleen O'Connor: Hommage exhibition' held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. cat.no. 72.

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