DETAIL: Grace COSSINGTON SMITH,  'Interior in yellow', 1964, oil on composition board, National Gallery of Australia
Grace COSSINGTON SMITH | Van Gogh's room

Australia 1892 – Australia 1984
UK, Europe 1912-14; UK, Italy 1949-51
Van Gogh's room c.1916
oil on paper on composition board
image 19.4 (h) x 17.5 (w) cm
support 29.9 (h) x 20.9 (w) cm
signed l.r.,blue oil,"G. SMITH". not dated
NGA 1976.1060
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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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