Margaret Olley’s generous life

Visit the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until 13 October 2019 to view ‘Margaret Olley: A Generous Life’. The influence of Margaret Olley AC (1923–2011) on the history of twentieth-century Australian art exceeds even the impressive body of work she produced during her lifetime. Now, as during her long and productive career, Olley remains widely…

Margaret Olley: A Generous Life

Our major exhibition celebrating the work of leading Australian artist Margaret Olley (1923-2011) opens at GOMA from 15 June, ‘Margaret Olley: A Generous Life’ features more than 100 paintings and drawings highlighting the colourful life, legacy and influence of a much-loved Australian artist. This free exhibition is a celebration of Olley’s extraordinary life as an…

Margaret Olley paints a room filled with her personality

Australian artist Margaret Olley (1923-2011) worked extensively within the tradition of still life and interior subjects during the second half of the twentieth century, and made them uniquely her own. She established her reputation both locally and nationally with her colourful and vibrant paintings. In 1942 Olley moved from Brisbane to Sydney and enrolled at…

Early prints by Pablo Picasso

Announcing the acquisition of five extraordinary early prints by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Director Chris Saines CNZM noted the economy, sensitivity and brilliance with which their human subjects were captured. He also recognised the generous support for the acquisition from the Margaret Olley Art Trust, the Henry and Amanda Bartlett Trust and the Airey Family through…

Rare prints by Pablo Picasso

The Gallery has acquired five rare prints by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). The five new works are from a group of 15 etchings and drypoints known as ‘La Suite des Saltimbanques’ and were created on the cusp between the artist’s ‘blue’ (1901–04) and ‘rose’ (1904–06) periods. The new prints are integrally connected to Picasso’s paintings and…

Edgar Degas captures the character of the modern age

Two lithographs after Edgar Degas (1834–1917), from the Margaret Olley Art Trust introduce two themes of interest to the great French impressionist. Images of horseracing were a primary focus for Edgar Degas throughout his career. The spectacle of the race itself was a relatively modern phenomenon in France in the mid to late 1800s. The…