Edith Holmes 1893 - 1973, A Catalogue Raisonne by Don and Maggie Row | Hardback
Edith Holmes is in that most interesting of situations, an artist too minor to have her works well-documented in contemporary permanent records, bur arguably of growing interest as her paintings are reappraised. Together with wide acceptance of her abilities as a colourist there is a growing recognition of the sophistication of her compositions and the underlying draughting skills that produced them. She is one of an elite band of Australian artists who felt as much at home painting a portrait as painting a still life or a landscape. The detailed circumstances of her life are not widely known, and those details that are commonly circulated are often erroneous. Already fact and myth are merging, most obviously in the growing practice of assigning wildly inaccurate titles to her landscapes in the absence of any record of their original descriptions. This timely Catalogue Rainsonne collects and consolidates information about Edith Holmes and her oeuvre before more of it is lost. The authors have assembled what is known to be true and what is likely to be true, and in the latter case the reasoning and underlying facts that led the authors to their conclusions is included.
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