The frugal meal, Hilda Rix Nicholas
  • Artist
    Hilda Rix Nicholas
  • Born
    1884
  • Died
    1961
  • Title
    The frugal meal
  • Date of Production
    circa 1936
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    45.9 x 61.5 cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased, 1977. © Bronwyn Wright

Hilda Rix Nicholas

The frugal meal

This Ballarat born artist attended the National Gallery of Victoria School, Melbourne before travelling to Europe in 1907 to continue her studies. Exposed to the work of the Post Impressionists and Fauves, Rix Nicholas experimented with vibrant colour and form before returning to Australia in 1916.

The frugal meal, with its carefully ordered arrangement and orange, yellow and blue- green colour scheme, is a lively work. The use of contrasting warm and cool colours is a style that she favoured while at the artists' colony at Etaples, Picardy (1910-1914). It not only helps to enliven the scene but also reflects the bold modernist style that she developed in Europe.