signed ‘Pivoines Blanche, Bessie Gibson, 8 bis rue Campagne’ verso
47 x 39cm
Collection of the artist;
Thence by descent
This exquisite and charming still life, Pivoines Blanche, was painted by Bessie Gibson when she was residing in an artists’ colony in Montparnasse, France. From 1910 to 1939, during Gibson’s stay at the colony, she exhibited paintings at the Société des Artistes Français and the Salon d’Automnes. During this time, she won an honourable mention from the former in 1924 and a bronze medal at the International Exposition for Miniatures in 1937. It wasn’t until 1949 that Gibson returned to her home in Queensland, bringing with her the contents of her European studio in which this exquisite still life would have originally been created.