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

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Australia 1892 – Australia 1984
UK, Europe 1912-14; UK, Italy 1949-51
Trees c.1927
oil on plywood
91.5 (h) x 74.3 (w) cm
Newcastle Region Art Gallery
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Trees is a major work that depicts the artist’s garden. In its ravishing colour and radiating composition, it is a bold, thoroughly modern painting. Here domestic details of tennis court, tap, hose and bucket are set within the awe-inspiring presence of nature – the domesticated garden leading to the untamed bush. This work, which was shown in Cossington Smith’s first solo exhibition at Grosvenor Galleries in 1928 was criticised by anti-modernist critics but was also much-admired by artists who recognised its great strength and vitality.

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