After meeting in the artists’ colony in St Ives, Cornwall, E. Phillips Fox and British-born painter Ethel Carrick married in London in 1905 and from a base in Paris, travelled widely on painting pilgrimages for almost a decade. Their high-key impressions of European life and leisure were painted en plein air on small portable boards, often in popular holiday destinations such as the French coastal town of Trouville, depicted here in Fox’s Promenade.
Fox often used these summer travel impressions to inspire large studio paintings undertaken during the Paris winter, whereas Carrick concentrated almost exclusively on producing small works painted from life.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013