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Intrepid Women: Australian women artists in Paris 1900-1950

  • Sat 2 December 2017 until Sun 11 March 2018


Evelyn Chapman at ruined church Villers-Bretonneux 1919 Australian War Memorial

The captivating allure of Paris has intrigued Australian artists throughout our history and this exhibition focuses on 30 women artists who travelled there to study, paint, visit galleries, salons, and artists’ studios. Freed from the conventions of home, they immersed themselves in the rich cultural milieu of Paris.

Paris was the undisputed centre of the art worls and artists from all over the world gravitated there to live and learn in a city that was exciting and liberating. They survived, often on very modest funds, and engaged in social gatherings at cafes along the broad avenues of Montparnasse.

They went because they were risk-takers, bold spirits, and very determined to make art their life. South Australian Marie Tuck worked and saved for ten long years before accumulating adequate funds to allow her to travel and live in Paris.

Some exhibited in the Paris Salons and in private galleries on the Left Bank, most studied and many received prizes and accolades. Dorrit Black & Grace Crowley bought back to Australia an understanding of modern art witnessed first-hand. Anne Dangar, Agnes Goodsir and Bessie Davidson never returned, except for short visits, having adopted France as their home.

This exhibition will bring to light the works of this group of intrepid women and include works by Christina Asquith Baker, Dorrit Black, Stella Bowen, Ethel Carrick, Evelyn Chapman, Mary Cockburn Mercer, Grace Crowley, Janet Cumbrae Stewart, Anne Dangar, Bessie Davidson,  Moya Dyring, Madge Freeman, Bessie Gibson, Vida Lahey, Agnes Goodsir, Anne Alison Greene, Dora Meeson, Alice Muskett, Kathleen O’Connor, Margaret Olley, Ada May Plante, Margaret Preston, Betty Quelhurst, Isobel Rae, Gladys Reynell, Hilda Rix Nicholas, Constance Stokes, Eveline Syme, Jessie Traill & Marie Tuck. The exhibition will present works from public galleries and private collections across the country.

Presented with the assistance of the Jolimont Foundation.

Note: The gallery will be closed for summer break between 18 December – 5 January inclusive.

main image: MOYA DYRING Notre Dame  c.1950 oil on canvas on cardboard 45 x 37cm Heide Museum of Modern Art