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Clarice Beckett 'Bathing Boxes'
Clarice Beckett 'Bathing Boxes'
Clarice Beckett 'Bathing Boxes'
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Clarice Beckett 'Bathing Boxes'

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Despite being heralded as a visionary of Australian art, Clarice Beckett led a small life. She never married, caring for her invalid mother in the Bayside suburb of Beaumaris before her premature death at age forty-eight. Posthumously, her father destroyed 200 of her works that he considered unfinished or “not good enough”. The remaining 2000 were stored in an open-sided shed near Benalla, only to be discovered decades later; by then only 379 were salvageable, the rest laid to rest by bad weather and possums.

For critic John McDonald, this was “among the great disasters of Australian art history”. Indeed, Beckett’s work represents some of the most poignant in Australia’s art canon. Favouring early morning and evening, she painted Melbourne’s suburbs as though they contained a universe of meaning. Works like Bathing Boxes are hazy and immediate – a reflection of how it feels to succumb to one’s senses. While aesthetically minimal, a metaphysical dimension lingers, a quiet depth of feeling that is nothing short of miraculous.

In 2021, the Art Gallery of South Australia held a major retrospective of Beckett’s work. McDonald visited three times, irrevocably moved. He wrote that if the same exhibition was at the Tate Modern or the Museum of Modern Art, Beckett would be “hailed as a figure of world renown”. If only it wasn’t for her family disapproval. What her work teaches however, in its assiduous reverence of the everyday, is that dignity exists even in the smallest lives. She caught the eternal in the temporal.

For collectors of important Modernist and female artists, Beckett is a gift. This work is a screenprint rendition of an original painting, printed by master printmaker Michelle Perry at Marnling Press and published by Clarice Beckett Images.

Perhaps you also feel moved by the streets you walk.
 

Clarice BECKETT (1887 - 1935)
'Bathing Boxes'
screenprint on paper
Edition of 75
Image Size: 44 x 55 cm
Dimensions: 56 x 76 cm
Signed: Titled and editioned below image; inscribed with Clarice Beckett Images seal.
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Published by Clarice Beckett Images and printed by Michelle Perry at Marnling Press; conceived by Nadine Amadio. Printed on 250 gsm Velin Arches paper.
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
© The Artist or Assignee

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