Intrepid Women: Australian Women artists in Paris 1900-1950 - Art Collector

Mary Cockburn Mercer, 'Ballet', c.1939, oil on canvas 94.7 x 66.3cm. Courtesy of S.H. Ervin Gallery, NSW.

The captivating allure of Paris has intrigued Australian artists throughout our history and this exhibition focuses on 30 women who travelled there to study, paint, visit galleries, salons, and artists’ studios. Freed from the conventions of home, they immersed themselves in the rich social and cultural milieu that Paris offered. Some exhibited in the Paris Salons and in private galleries on the Left Bank, most studied and many received prizes and accolades. Artists such as Dorrit Black & Grace Crowley bought back to Australia an understanding of modern art witnessed first-hand. Anne Dangar, Agnes Goodsir, Mary Cockburn Mercer and Bessie Davidson returned only for short visits having adopted France as home.

Exhibition opens: 2 December 2017
Exhibition closes: 11 March 2018
Location: S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks
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