Misty evening, Beaumaris, Clarice Beckett
  • Artist
    Clarice Beckett
  • Born
    1887
  • Died
    1935
  • Title
    Misty evening, Beaumaris
  • Date of Production
    c.1920
  • Medium
    oil on canvas on cardboard
  • Dimensions
    359 x 508 mm
  • Credit Details
    Maud Rowe Bequest, 1937

Clarice Beckett

Misty evening, Beaumaris

Regarded as one of Melbourne's leading early modern painters, Clarice Beckett spent the early part of the 1890s in Ballarat as a student at Queen's College. Strongly influenced by the tonal paintings and theories of her teacher Max Meldrum, Clarice Beckett's work was more lyrical and subtle than most Meldrumites. Painted near her home in the seaside suburb of Beaumaris, Misty Evening is devoid of any harsh lines and jarring contrasts and captures the essence of the scene rather than the descriptive detail.

The donor of this work, herself a student of Max Meldrum around1919, collected paintings by various students of his school in the 1920s and bequeathed seven works to the Art Gallery of Ballarat in 1937.