Studio portrait, Chelsea

Norah Simpson1915

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Norah Simpson is credited with playing an important role in the introduction of post-impressionism to Australia, although she is an unfamiliar figure in Australia – she moved permanently to Europe in 1915 and subsequently ceased painting. On a prior visit to London in 1912, she had met members of the Camden Town Group – a group of post-impressionist artists – and saw first-hand in Paris works by Cézanne, Matisse, van Gogh and Picasso. On her return to Australia in 1913, she brought reproductions and books dealing with post-impressionist and cubist work to her art classes with Italian artist–teacher Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, where they had a powerful effect on Simpson’s fellow students Roland Wakelin, Grace Cossington Smith and Roy de Maistre – particularly influencing their use of colour.


  • Title: Studio portrait, Chelsea
  • Creator: Norah Simpson
  • Date Created: 1915
  • Location: Chelsea/London/England
  • Physical Dimensions: 50.8 x 40.7 cm stretcher; 62.7 x 52.7 x 5.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, pre 1955; Frances Ellis, 1955-1960, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1960
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/OA22.1960/
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. (Not dated?).
  • Object Other Titles: Self portrait 1911
  • Artist Country: Australia

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