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

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Australia 1892 – Australia 1984
UK, Europe 1912-14; UK, Italy 1949-51
Boys drawing (c.1926-27)
oil on plywood
36.2 (h) x 48.2 (w) cm
National Gallery of Victoria Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the Marjorie Webster Memorial, Governor, 1981
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Around 1926 Cossington Smith worked part-time as a teacher at Turramurra College, a school for boys around the corner from her home. Boys drawing reveals the ease she felt with children. The sense of shared enjoyment is apparent in the puckish smile of the boy on the right which illuminates the work and sets the mood. Like Still life with vegetables, this painting was preceded by numerous sketchbook drawings.

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