Hilda Rix Nicholas

Hilda Rix Nicholas

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Hilda Rix Nicholas was an accomplished artist who set out to carve a place for herself alongside the most important male painters in Australia between the wars. Hilda Rix Nicholas was an accomplished artist who set out to carve a place for herself alongside the most important male painters in Australia between the wars. She painted several important pictures of women in the bush, and dared to suggest that women had been equal partners in the formation of the nation. Her achievements were impressive: she held several solo exhibitions in Europe and Australia, and in 1926 became an associate of the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris. But despite these accomplishments she has been virtually ignored by art historians and her work has often been excluded from and marginalised in the writing of Australian art history. Rix Nicholas's work was hailed in Paris before World War I, and when she returned to Australia the critics were amazed by the power and strength of her painting, which seemed very new and modern. But the artist was not interested in the feminising modernism that was emerging in Australia at that time. Intent on establishing herself as the painter of Australia and descshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 95 pages
  • 256 x 318 x 18mm | 1,179.35g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 32 colour pl 48halftones
  • 0522848907
  • 9780522848908
  • 609,584

Review quote

"This book has substance and is a work of real scholarship, one which presents a body of new material and an intelligent reassessment of this artist's oeuvre. It is also a beautifully presented book with a good working scholarly apparatus." --"The Canberra Times"show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Family and Early Life; 2 Framing a Career; 3 World War I; 4 Return to Australia; 5 International Acclaim; 6 Mistress of Knockalong; Appendix 1: Chronology; Appendix 2: Exhibitions; Notes; Bibliography; Indexshow more

About John Pigot

John Pigot is a fine arts graduate of the University of Melbourne. He has contributed chapters on Rix Nicholas to several published books and written the catalogues for four exhibtions which included her work.show more