Margaret Preston’s ‘NSW and West Australian banksia’

 

NSW and West Australian banksia 1929 is one of a number of paintings by Australian artist Margaret Preston (1875-1963) in which she used the floral still life to bring attention to the natural world and landscape as a way of expressing place and the notion of ‘home’. The distinctive organic forms of the banksia and restrained use of colour were emblematic of Preston’s commitment to painting native flowers as part of her quest to create a uniquely Australian national art.

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Margaret Preston, Australia 1875-1963 / NSW and West Australian banksia 1929 / Oil on canvas / Purchased 1972 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Margaret Preston/Copyright Agency

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Featured image detail: Margaret Preston Bridge from North Shore c.1932

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