Publication Date: May 2020
RRP: $34.95
ISBN: 9781925523928
Format: Paperback
Size: 153mm x 234mm
Pages: 288
Category: Art History, Biography

Intrépide

Australian Women Artists in Early Twentieth-century France

Clem Gorman and Therese Gorman


‘I hope this text will be the start of a wider and deeper appreciation of what these artists did, and the many obstacles they overcame.’ Jane Sullivan


It is hard for us to imagine the oppressed lives of single women in the first half of the twentieth century. Yet a few determined Australian women took a leap into the unknown and carved careers for themselves in Paris.

They studied, painted, and haunted galleries and salons. They exhibited in the Paris Salons and in private galleries on the Left Bank. They received prizes and awards out of all proportion to their numbers. And they brought back to Australia not only greatly enhanced skills but also Modernism – to a country that had barely heard of it.

This book examines a selection of the best artists among them, including some who have all but been forgotten, giving them back their rightful place in Australian art history.

  • Dorrit Black
  • Stella Bowen
  • Ethel Carrick
  • Evelyn Chapman
  • Grace Crowley
  • Anne Dangar
  • Bessie Davidson
  • Moya Dyring
  • Madge Freeman
  • Bessie Gibson
  • Agnes Goodsir
  • Anne Alison Greene
  • Vida Lahey
  • Dora Meeson
  • Mary Cockburn Mercer
  • Alice Muskett
  • Hilda Rix Nicholas
  • Kathleen O’Connor
  • Margaret Olley
  • Ada May Plante
  • Margaret Preston
  • Betty Quelhurst
  • Iso Rae
  • Gladys Reynell
  • Janet Cumbrae Stewart
  • Constance Stokes
  • Jessi Traill
  • Marie Tuck


    Clem Gorman and Therese Gorman

    Clem Gorman pioneered experimental theatre in Australia before working as an arts administrator in London. Nine of his plays have been staged professionally and he has written nine books of non-fiction. He has taught at universities in Australia and the US and now writes on the visual arts.

    Therese Gorman wrote stage plays in the 1970s with her late husband, and with her husband Clem has co-authored Sydney Harbour: A Guide from North Head to South Head and this book. She and Clem are currently working on a biography of Sydney artist Wendy Sharpe.