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Nursemaids in the Luxembourg Gardens

(circa 1923)


Kathleen O'Connor

Australia, France, New Zealand

14 Sep 1876 - 24 Aug 1968


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.


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


Artist information

Kathleen O'Connor

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 4 publications


Jude Adams, Barbara Hall and Jennifer Barber, Project 21: Women's images of women, Sydney, 1977. 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. 72.