Margaret PRESTON

Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 1875 – Mosman, New South Wales, Australia 1963

  • Germany and France 1904-07
  • France, England and Ireland 1912-19

Australian Coral Flowers 1928 Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: signed and dated l.l., pencil, "Margaret Preston/ 1928"
Dimensions: 56.0 h x 58.0 w cm Frame 713 h x 741 w x 50 d mm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Andrew and Wendy Hamlin 1992
Accession No: NGA 92.1376
Image rights: © Margaret Rose Preston Estate. Licensed by Viscopy
  • Margaret Preston is one of Australia’s foremost modern women artists. She was a highly innovative artist who sought to create an authentic national art based on a combination of European, Australian Indigenous and Asian art.

    Australian coral flowers is one of her highly popular and decorative images of floral arrangements. She carefully arranged the brightly coloured, flamboyant coral flowers in the composition – contrasting their dynamic shapes with the strong vertical yellow and white stripes of the wallpaper and the horizontal black table top. The blue and white pot, gives a slightly oriental aspect to the composition, as well as providing a colour contrast.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra