The banana cutters, a rare figurative work by Margaret Olley

The banana cutters, a rare figurative work by the much loved Australian artist Margaret Olley is an intriguing and valuable addition to our Collection. Working in the second half of the twentieth century, Olley made traditional still life and interior subjects uniquely her own. It was in Brisbane in the 1960s that she first established…

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…

Edgar Degas captures a candid moment in the life of a dancer

Margaret Olley was an important benefactor and tremendous supporter of QAGOMA and this gift – a bronze sculpture of a dancer by Edgar Degas, called Danseuse regardant la plante de son pied droit (Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot) is a lasting legacy to the people of Queensland. Edgar Degas’s sculptural practice was…