|Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo VIC 3550|
|$35 catalogue; $15 postage and handling|
Bessie Davidson & Sally Smart – Two artists and the Parisian avant-garde opened at Bendigo Art Gallery on 20 March, but unfortunately the Gallery was forced into a temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic on 21 March.
We have published a Bessie Davidson catalogue that accompanies the exhibition. Bessie Davidson - An Australian Impressionist in Paris can be purchased here and will be shipped to you.
This catalogue looks at Australian born – Parisian based artist Bessie Davidson. A story of empowerment, great achievement and intrigue. Like many of her contemporaries, Davidson has remained relatively under known in Australia; however, this exhibition of some 50 significant paintings of interiors, portraits, and landscapes reveals an artist who was not only technically and stylistically brilliant but was forging ahead amidst the cold face of war and conservatism and the conversely frenetic energy of the Parisian avant-garde. Now – some 55 years after her death – it is with great respect that we mount this major exhibition and publication and pay homage to this extraordinary artist.