Self portrait, (1930) by Margaret Preston :: The Collection :: Art Gallery NSW

Self portrait, (1930) by Margaret Preston :: The Collection :: Art Gallery NSW

'Western Australian gum blossom' is one of a group of paintings by Margaret Preston from the late 1920s, remarkable for their simplicity of design and restrained use of colour. Preston believed that the best subjects for modern art were to be found in everyday life. This, combined with her commitment to a peculiarly 'national art', encouraged her use of Australian native flowers, whose distinctive shapes and colours could be ably expressed in her tightly structured still lifes.

'Western Australian gum blossom' is one of a group of paintings by Margaret Preston from the late 1920s, remarkable for their simplicity of design and restrained use of colour. Preston believed that the best subjects for modern art were to be found in everyday life. This, combined with her commitment to a peculiarly 'national art', encouraged her use of Australian native flowers, whose distinctive shapes and colours could be ably expressed in her tightly structured still lifes.

Margaret Preston (Australian artist, 1875 – 1963) Flapper

Margaret Preston (Australian artist, 1875 – 1963) Flapper

Margaret Preston-    The tea urn (still life) c1909 (detail) Art Gallery of South Australia, Elder Bequest Fund 1909

Margaret Preston- The tea urn (still life) c1909 (detail) Art Gallery of South Australia, Elder Bequest Fund 1909

Margaret PRESTON, Still life: fruit (Arnhem Land motif)

Margaret PRESTON, Still life: fruit (Arnhem Land motif)

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