At the forefront of Australia’s modernist vanguard, Grace Cossington-Smith is among our most celebrated artists. A brilliant colourist, her light-filled vistas range from Sydney in the throes of urbanisation, to quiet domestic moments. Cossington-Smith began her artistic career under Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo in 1910. Here, she was introduced to Post-Impressionist masters like Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne - whose expressionistic, high-keyed style was radically refreshing. Soon after, she began replicating their techniques alongside her own unique vision, offering a modern and distinctly feminine perspective. Among her most monumental works is ‘The Curve of the Bridge’ (1928 - 29). Akin to technicolour pixels, Cossington-Smith’s rhythmic brushstrokes unite to represent Sydney Harbour bridge during its construction. Atop Milson Point and under a gentleman’s umbrella, she was one of the few (and only female) artists who documented this event. A feat of modernism in both subject matter, style and circumstances, this vital masterpiece is a visual triumph.
A recipient of an Order of the British Empire, subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and collected by all major national institutions, no account of Australian art history would be complete without Cossington-Smith.
'The Curve of the Bridge'
Reproduction print on paper from the collection at The Art Gallery of New South Wales
Image Size: 78 x 56 cm