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HILDA RIX NICHOLAS, 1884 ? 1961, THE SHEPHERD OF KNOCKALONG, 1933, oil on canvas
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HILDA RIX NICHOLAS, 1884 ? 1961, THE SHEPHERD OF KNOCKALONG, 1933, oil on canvas\n\nSIGNED:\nsigned lower right: E.H. Rix Nicholas\nbears inscription on Macquarie Galleries label verso:...33. THE SHEPHERD OF KNOCKALONG / 1933 (EDGAR WRIGHT AND RIX)...\n\nDIMENSIONS:\n99.5 x 80.5 cm\n\nEXHIBITED:\nAnthony Hordern & Sons, Sydney\nExhibition by women artist's of Australia, Education Department's Art Gallery, Sydney, 12 ? 25 July 1934\nAn Exhibition of Pictures of Australian Life and Landscape by Hilda Rix Nicholas, David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney, 15 June 1936, cat. 7\nHilda Rix Nicholas, 1884 ? 1961, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 30 August ? 18 September 1978, cat. 33 (label attached verso)\nA Private Eye in a Public Place, St. Swithun's, Pymble, October 1980, cat. 78\nHilda Rix Nicholas, 1884 ? 1961, Ian Potter Gallery, the University of Melbourne Museum of Art, 20 September ? 27 October 1990, cat. 37 (label attached verso)\nA Private Collection: A Century of Australian Heritage, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 20 June ? 21 July 1991, cat. 62 (illus. exhibition catalogue)\nHilda Rix Nicholas: The Man for the Job, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 23 January ? 5 April 2010\nParis to Monaro: Pleasures from the studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 31 May ? 11 August 2013\n\nLITERATURE:\n?Big Display by Women Artist?s of Australia?, The Australian Women?s Weekly, 21 July 1934, p. 1 (illus.)\nDraffin, N., Art of Hilda Rix Nicholas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Project 26, Art in Australia, no. 6, 1987\nMendelssohn, J., 'Public grief, private happiness', The Bulletin, 2 October 1990, p. 102\nPigot, J., Hilda Rix Nicholas: Her Life and Art, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2000, pp. 62, 66, pl. 28 (illus.)\nPeers, J., 'Hilda Rix Nicholas and William Frater: Impressive Monographs from Miegunyah Press', Art and Australia, vol. 38, no. 3, 2001, p. 388 (illus.)\nGrishin, S., 'All hail the queen of Knockalong', Canberra Times, 28 June 2013\nEngledow, S., Paris to Monaro: Pleasures from the studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2013, p. 187 (illus.)\n\nPROVENANCE:\nRix and Edgar Wright, New South Wales\nMacquarie Galleries, Sydney (label attached verso)\nDr J. P. Rasmussen OAM, Sydney, acquired from the above in 1978\n\nESSAY:\nThe Shepherd of Knockalong, 1933 is one of a series of pictures Hilda Rix Nicholas produced about the life on the land in the Monaro of New South Wales, one of the centres of Australia?s rich and productive pastoral history. Perhaps the most internationally recognised Australian artist of the early twentieth century, Rix Nicholas is a distinguished and important painter by any standard. Having trained at the National Gallery School, Rix Nicholas travelled abroad where she trained at the best Paris schools such as the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere with Claudio Castelucho and Théophile Alexandre Steinlen as well as the Académie Delecluse and Colarossi?s, where artists such as Henri Matisse worked over the same period. Early success came when Rix Nicholas?s oil, Retour de la Chasse was hung on the line at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1911. In 1913 she exhibited 35 works painted in Spain and Morocco at La Société des Peintres Orientalistes Français, and a further 11 works there in 1914. Her work was purchased by the couturier Leon Worth and the Gallery Luxembourg bought her oil, Le Grand Marché of 1912.\n\nFollowing a very successful career exhibiting in Paris and Sydney following the years which she spent in London, Paris, Etaples and Tangiers when she was in her late twenties, Rix Nicholas underwent a period of great tragedy in her life, losing her Mother Elizabeth, her sister Elsie and her husband George Matson Nicholas during the years of the great war. She returned to Australia, accompanied by her broth
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