Grace Cossington SMITH, Van Gogh's room Enlarge 1 /1

Grace Cossington SMITH

Neutral Bay, New South Wales, Australia 1892 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1984

  • England, Europe 1912-14
  • England, Italy 1949-51

Van Gogh's room c.1916 Place made: New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on paper on composition board

Primary Insc: signed l.r.,blue oil,"G. SMITH". not dated
Dimensions: image 19.4 h x 17.5 w support 29.9 h x 20.9 w framed (overall) 38.5 h x 34.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.1060
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from the artist, through Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 1976

During her art classes with Anthony Dattilo Rubbo in Sydney, Cossington Smith was inspired by lunchtime readings from a letter Van Gogh wrote about his bedroom in Arles. In particular she was interested in the idea of conveying an emotive response through colour. She explored these ideas in her own way in Van Gogh’s room and also experimented in a range of works on a small scale with different aspects of light and colour at different times of day.

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