Margaret Preston’s bold and decorative work


Australian artist Margaret Preston (1875-1963) is best known for the striking paintings and woodcut prints that she produced from the 1920s until the 1950s. Bridge from North Shore c.1932 (illustrated) is a bold and decorative work and a fine example of the artist’s style during this period.

Like the floral still-lifes the artist produced at this time, many details of the scene have been simplified. The linear textures of tiled roofs, bricks, wire and wooden fences, and the dominant form of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, have been reduced to create a dense mixture of decorative patterning.

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Margaret Preston, Australia 1875-1963 / Bridge from North Shore c.1932 / Woodcut, hand-coloured on paper / Purchased 2003. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Margaret Preston/Copyright Agency