signed lower right; titled and inscribed 'Exhibition Buildings / Lina Bryans / Darebin Bridge House / Darebin' verso
50 x 60cm
Theodore Berman Collection, until 2017;
Private collection, Melbourne
Landscape painting was vitally important to the modernist artist Lina Bryans. It is interesting to note that this exuberant work is inscribed on the reverse “Darebin Bridge House”, Bryans’ Ivanhoe artist’s studio, which she also dubbed ‘The Pink Hotel’. This old coach-house became an artists’ colony for fellow modernist and avant-garde painters including Ada May Plante, Ian Fairweather and William Frater, who was a great admirer of European Post-Impressionism and the artists Cézanne and Van Gogh.
Bryans’ iconic modernist portrait of the Australian writer Jean May Campbell, titled The Babe is Wise, is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.