Wow I went to the Queensland Art Gallery last week to see the art from Georgia O’Keefe, Grace Cossington- Smith and Margaret Preston. Although these artist never meet there is a common thread running through their work dealing with the beauty of nature, and the trials and challenges faced being a woman artist in the early twentieth century . Their work is bold and innovative, forming original designs, a diversion from the past and its constraints. What gutsy creative and independent spirits these women were and the work they produced was so different, fresh, and vibrant.
They have certainly inspired me and I especially love the landscape abstracts from Georgia O’Keefe titled Blue Black and Grey which would be suitably placed in todays decor even though they were painted in the 1950s and 1960s .Her abstract paintings developed a personal style and shapes that expressed her feelings and ideas and these patterns, forms, and shapes stayed with her throughout her life.
Margaret Preston one of Australia’s most loved and recognisable artists from the 20th Century. She painted many highly individual still life paintings and became interested in virgin bush, native flowers, and landscapes some of which were influenced by Aboriginal designs and colours.
Grace Cossington Smith was one of the first of the Australian women artists to use post impressionist colour, light, and form she followed in the footsteps of Cezanne and her loose brushwork conveyed the impression of colour floating in light.
I highly recommend that any lover of art visit the work of these three pioneering women and read about their interesting lives , have that cup coffee and research their gorgeous vibrant art from the past.