Margaret Preston (1875-1963) is one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and the country’s most important early modernist. Her vibrant, decorative paintings and prints of the 1920s and 30s epitomise a unique era in the history of Australian art. Her works of the 1940s and 50s argue for her re-assessment as one of the country’s most significant landscape artists.
Preston promoted her unique vision for a new, modern Australian art through a synthesis of European and Asian traditions, together with the profound influence of Aboriginal art – which she recognized as one of the world’s great art traditions.
This is the most extensive exhibition ever presented of Margaret Preston’s art, with over 180 works including paintings, prints, pottery, textiles and previously unseen archival material relating to Preston’s colourful life.
29 July - 23 October 2005
Art Gallery of NSW