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    Sale 7653

    Modern and Contemporary Australian and South African Art

    16 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 21

    Grace Cossington Smith (1892-1984)

    Roses in a bowl

    Price Realised  


    Grace Cossington Smith (1892-1984)
    Roses in a bowl
    signed 'G. Cossington Smith' (upper right), inscribed '"Roses in Bowl" Grace Cossington Smith. Turramurra. Sydney. N.S.W.' on the reverse
    oil on board
    19½ x 16¾in. (49.5 x 42.5cm.)

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    'A meditation on her mother's declining health and mortality ... implied a meditation on what it meant to be alive on this earth. This is felt in Cossington Smith's images of flowers growing, the subject of a number of small works painted in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In the late 1920s Cossington Smith had often thought of flower studies as portraits and it was as though she now aspired to their quiet vitality.' (D. Hart (ed.), op. cit., p.44)

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    A gift from the artist to her sister, Mabel, and thence by descent to the present owners.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note there is an unfinished oil study of Arum lilies on the reverse.