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George BELL

Kew, Victoria, Australia 1878 – Toorak, Victoria, Australia 1966

  • France 1904-06
  • England 1906-20

The beach, Les Petites-Dalles [The beach] 1913 Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on panel

Primary Insc: signed lower left in black oil (illeg.)
Tertiary Insc: inscribed to verso in pencil, 'S Petite Dalles'.
Dimensions: 26.8 h x 35.0 w cm framed (overall) 401 h x 484 w x 50 d mm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2007
Accession No: NGA 2007.185
Image rights: © A. Niven

George Bell left for Europe in 1903, studying first in Paris and later in London, where he settled in 1908. Like most expatriate artists, Bell travelled widely in Europe, painting in locations such as the artists’ colonies of Etaples in northern France and St Ives in Cornwall, England. He also painted in popular summer holiday destinations, such as Les Petites-Dalles, in the French region of Normandy.

The striking cliffs and expansive sky that frame the pebbly beach of Les Petites-Dalles inspired numerous artists, including Claude Monet in the 1880s.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013