Kathleen O'CONNOR | Luxembourg gardens

Kathleen O'CONNOR
Aotearoa New Zealand 1876 – Australia 1968
Australia 1891-1906, England and France 1906-48, with regular visits to Australia, Australia from 1948

Luxembourg gardens c.1908
oil on paperboard
16.3 (h) x 22.0 (w) cm
Purchased 1976
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
NGA 1976.731

Kathleen O’Connor spent much of her working life in Paris. Among her favourite subjects was that of the Luxembourg gardens which she painted between 1906 and 1914, when she left for London at the beginning of the First World War. O’Connor rapidly sketched the figures in one sitting in front of the motif, and at a later date added a glaze varnish with charcoal or oil colour to achieve a lower tonality. In her Luxembourg Gardens paintings she observed everyday life with enchantment.

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