|Princes Bridge, 1930, Clarice Beckett|
|Evening light, Beaumaris, |
1925, Clarice Beckett
|Church Street Bridge, Richmond, Clarice Beckett|
|Although Clarice Beckett painted a few portraits, the |
profile at left seems to have been by another artist.
|An example of Clarice Beckett's portrait efforts. As to whether |
it's a self-portrait, there's no indication one way or another, though
a resemblance to her photo is obvious.
|Beach Road, Clarice Beckett|
|Motor Lights, Clarice Beckett|
|The Boatsheds, 1929, Clarice Beckett|
|Daffodils and Poppies |
(detail), Clarice Beckett
Clarice Beckett's personal life remains something of a mystery. Her dedication to her art, and refusal of several marriage proposals pitted her against her family’s traditional Victorian view of a woman's role in society. In 1970, nearly forty years after her death, around two-thousand of Clarice Beckett's paintings were discovered in an open shed in rural Victoria. Many of these paintings were rotted and torn, unable to be identified or restored. Rosalind Hollinrake, a curator, former gallery owner, and Beckett's biographer, helped salvage the artworks. She began to piece together the life and work of one of Australia’s most unique landscape artists. Beckett produced over two-thousand landscapes between 1917 and the time of her death. It was not until 1971 that an exhibition of Clarice Beckett’s paintings was held. A leading critic hailed her as “a remarkable modernist”, and the Australian National Gallery purchased fourteen of her paintings. The public were so enthusiastic that viewing hours had to be extended. The exhibition sold out. Since then, there have been several more public exhibitions of her work. Beckett is regarded as one of Australia’s finest artists, and with this accolade comes the promised that she will never be forgotten again. Today her posthumous reputation grows as her vision of modern urban and coastal Australia is acknowledged by dozens of contemporary followers.
|Ranunculi with Coral Beads, Clarice Beckett|
|Almond Blossoms, Clarice Beckett|