Interior onto a garden, Grace Cossington Smith
  • Artist
    Grace Cossington Smith
  • Born
    1892
  • Died
    1984
  • Title
    Interior onto a garden
  • Date of Production
    1960
  • Medium
    oil on board
  • Dimensions
    91.2 x 62.1 cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased 1961. © The Estate of the late Grace Cossington Smith

Grace Cossington Smith

Interior onto a garden

One of the leaders of the modernist art movement in Australia, Grace Cossington Smith was one of the first to experiment with post impressionist techniques. Concerned with the expression of form and emotion through colour, in the 1920s Cossington Smith began to paint using small blocks of juxtaposed colour along with lines emphasizing the perspective in her work. The result was a canvas filled with luminous colour and rhythm - one which she would continue to explore and develop throughout her long career as an artist.

Emotion and visual perception were inseparable to Cossington Smith. When she saw something that made her "feel a colour," that was what she tried to realise on canvas. Using the same subject Cossington Smith experimented with different colour ranges to great effect. In Interior onto a garden the whole scene is suffused with vibrancy and warmth even though the natural light in the house was always somewhat subdued because of the verandah onto which the room opened.