Clarice Beckett Painter, 1887-1935

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Clarice Beckett Australian Painter, 1887-1935 rediscovered in 1971


We are house-sitting in McLaren Vale in South Australia for three-and-a-half weeks. I have covered house-sitting before in Germany and England in earlier articles.

House-sitting is a great alternative to tourism because it takes you to wonderful places that you probably wouldn’t go to otherwise, sometimes off the tourist track. You have a chance to experience culture and lifestyle different from one’s own. This, of course, has been the driver for most of my travel in Australia and overseas.

Because, I left behind certain materials I can’t continue with my Karakorum Highway articles until I get home.

In the 1970s and early 1980s several feminist friends were of the firm opinion that women artists in Australia as with overseas had been neglected because of the male dominance of the arts. Yet, in those days they were struggling to provide anything more convincing than anecdotal evidence.

Silent Approach c 1924
Silent Approach c 1924

Nowadays, there is much more evidence of neglected, forgotten and undiscovered women artists in Australia. Since the death of Brett Whiteley, I would contend that the major Australian artists are women. Naming them is of course controversial but my list would include Rosalie Gascoigne, Fiona Hall and Jude Rae (the last perhaps not yet so acknowledged). For me, Clarice Beckett the artist for this article has emerged as one of them as well.

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