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Clarice Beckett (1887-1935)

Clarice Beckett is now recognized as one of the great and highly individual female painters in Australia’s landscape tradition.  She was passionate about the philosophy and practice of painting and inspired by the teachings of Max Meldrum.   Beckett practiced her craft at every available moment. These moments proved limited but Beckett nevertheless managed to exhibit regularly throughout the 1920s and early 1930s.  She used a soft focus to endow a breathing atmospheric reality to her subject matter.  She was a tonal impressionist with a style devoid of detail, her images remain remarkably modern.  Her subject matter captured the essence of the Australian city life and bayside suburbs of Melbourne during this time.  It was only after her tragic early death in 1935 that her work began to receive the acclaim it deserved.