Violet McInnes

Violet McInnes - (b. 1892 - 1971)

Born in 1892, Violet McInnes (née Musgrave) studied painting at the prestigious National Gallery School. Here, she honed her aptitude for still-life painting, later earning esteem for her exquisite floral portraits. While women artists throughout this era were relegated to “mere” flower painters by critics, artists like McInnes used this to their advantage. She mastered the craft, recognising the diverse audience who could both relate to and afford her modestly sized, universally appealing floral subjects. Wife of Archibald winner W.B. McInnes with whom she mothered six children, McInnes is remembered as a shrewd and talented artist. In 2019, she was included in the National Gallery of Victoria’s survey of Australian Modernist women artists.