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Australia 1911 – 2003

Grass at sundown 1939 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: Signed and dated l.l. pencil, "Olive Cotton '39". Titled l.r. pencil, "Grass at sundown".
Dimensions: printed image 28.9 h x 30.8 w cm sheet 30.0 h x 31.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the artist 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.1458

‘There’s no particular subject that I prefer – the light is why I take photographs’. Cotton repeated this mantra throughout her life. It found one of its most evocative expressions in this very ‘photographic’ image of lens flare seen through grass seed heads.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra