DETAIL: Grace COSSINGTON SMITH,  'Interior in yellow', 1964, oil on composition board, National Gallery of Australia
Grace COSSINGTON SMITH | Still life with white cup and saucer

Australia 1892 – Australia 1984
UK, Europe 1912-14; UK, Italy 1949-51
Still life with white cup and saucer 1971
oil on pulpboard
59.1 (h) x 86.4 (w) cm
Private collection
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Cossington Smith’s meditative late still life paintings are also interiors. In works like Still life with white cup and saucer patterns of leafy foliage through the windows connect with sensuous draperies and everyday objects, suggesting animation in nature and in the seemingly ordinary things that surround us. In this work which was one of her last major paintings, fragmented brushmarks are like particles, imparting a sense of a shimmering light and energy underlying all things.

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