Medium: Oil on Board
Dimensions: 16 x 22 cms
Date: 1908 Circa
CHG Directors Note: A burst of colour, typical of this theme by the artist, displays impressionism at it’s best. There is a concentration of energy in this work giving the painting a 'gem like' quality.
Current Whereabouts: Private Collection, Victoria
CHG Director’s Statement: Ethel Carrick Fox was the spouse of renowned artist Emanuel Phillips Fox and was an established artist in her own right. Despite her success she was often criticized and accused of exploiting her husband’s name to sell for higher prices.
Ethel studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and settled with her husband in Paris. She exhibited with Matisse in a time when Paris was the centre of the art world.
Carrick Fox’s subjects demonstrate her interest in capturing modern life and using impressionist techniques. Her artworks capture movement and everyday life of middle-class Europeans much like the works of Monet and Renoir.
Ethel Carrick Fox actively travelled across the world even after her husband’s death. She did return to Australia several times, exhibiting in many cities in New South Wales.In 1908, Carrick Fox became a member of the Union Internationale des Beaux-Arts et des Lettres. She became sociétaire of the Salon d'Automne in 1911 and an associate of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. She was also the vice-president of the International Union of Women Painters. In 1928 she was awarded a diploma of honour at the International Exhibition of Bordeaux.
In 1996, she became Australia’s highest priced woman artist when her painting of a French flower market was auctioned for $105,000.
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