DETAIL: Grace COSSINGTON SMITH,  'Interior in yellow', 1964, oil on composition board, National Gallery of Australia
Grace COSSINGTON SMITH | Centre of a city

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Australia 1892 – Australia 1984
UK, Europe 1912-14; UK, Italy 1949-51
Centre of a city c.1925
oil on canvas on hardboard
82.3 (h) x 70.0 (w) cm
framed 106.4 (h) x 93.3 (w) x 10.0 (d) cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales Purchased with funds provided by Susan Rothwell 2002
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Centre of a city has a monumental presence: the impressive architectural forms rising up to a luminous blue sky. The painting was preceded by numerous sketchbook drawings. In 1971 the artist told Daniel Thomas: ‘I suddenly liked the subject – the Centre of the City! I liked the going downhill of Moore Street, the feeling that the Post Office at the bottom was the centre of the city … I would stand with this [sketch] book. I was just aware that people would look over my shoulder … they never said anything – that was nice’.

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