Author(s): Grace Cossington Smith; Deborah Hart; National Gallery of Australia Staff (Contribution by); Art Gallery of South Australia Staff (Contribution by); Art Gallery of New South Wales Staff (Contribution by); Queensland Art Gallery Staff (Contribution by); Daniel Thomas
This publication covers both public and private aspects of the work of Grace Cossington Smith (1892-1984), showing her keen attentiveness to the modern city environment, and her intimate response to more personal subjects. Among her varied themes are the Sydney Harbour Bridge (of which she painted some of the most iconic images), portraits, still lifes, landscapes, religious and war subjects, theatre and ballet performances, and domestic interiors. The artist was particularly entranced by wildflowers and the Australian light. This publication, featuring over 120 reproductions, includes a substantial amount of new information on the artist and makes special reference to the National Gallery of Australia's collection of 52 of her sketchbooks.