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stars in the river

The prints of Jessie Traill

Jessie Traill

From overseas 1913
etching and aquatint, printed in sepia ink, with plate-tone and wiped highlights
plate-mark 30.2 x 48.6cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2007 
© Estate of Jessie Traill

6 December 2014
  - 1 February 2015
gallery four

The eagerly awaited retrospective Stars in the river: the prints of Jessie Traill celebrated the artistic achievements of the pioneering female printmaker, and reasserted the supremacy of Jessie Traill as one of the great Australian artists of the 20th century. This extraordinary retrospective featured over 80 works drawn entirely from the Australian Prints and Drawings collection at the National Gallery of Australia. From early views of rural Victoria and depictions of Melbourne as the ‘Paris of the South’ through to her major series documenting the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the prints of Jessie Traill combine her poetic sensitivity with an unerring eye for line and form.


A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition.


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