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“The Green Parasol” by E. Phillips Fox

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“The Green Parasol” delightfully captures the colour differences in light and shade. E. Phillips Fox was an Australian Impressionist painter who had a considerable influence as a teacher on Australian art during the late 1800’s.

When compared with Arthur Streeton and Charles Conder, Fox shows more interest in exploring the “effects of dappled light” than to the “sunny vistas” one finds in the other painters’ Heidelberg paintings. He is described as an artist who “paid homage to Impressionism while retaining the tonal values of academic realism”.

The model in this painting was Edith Susan Gerard Anderson (1880 – 1961) who was an Australian artist, dramatist, and painter. She was featured in a number of Emanuel Phillips Fox important paintings. Anderson wrote several dramas that were staged, as well as radio plays for the ABC or Australian Broadcasting Commission.

Among the many masterpieces in the National Gallery of Australia the following are highlights:

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Essential Facts:

  • Title:               The Green Parasol
  • Artist:             Emanuel Phillips Fox
  • Year:               1912
  • Medium:         Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:  117.0 x 89.5 cm
  • Museum:        National Gallery of Australia

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Essential Facts about the Artist:

  • Name:                        Emanuel Phillips Fox
  • Born:                         1865 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Died:                         1915 (aged 50) – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Major Paintings:
    • A love story, 1903
    • Art Students (1895)
    • The Landing of Captain Cook at Botany Bay, 1770 (1902)
    • The Arbour (1910)
    • The green parasol (1912)
    • Al fresco, (1904)

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” Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.” Australian Proverb

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Photo Credits: 1) By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons