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KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR - STILL LIFE

Lot 25: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR - STILL LIFE

Auction Date: May 25, 2021

Estimate: AUD15,000 - AUD18,000

Description: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR
(1876-1968)
STILL LIFE
Signed lower right
Oil on board
38 x 25.5cm
$15,000/18,000


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Location: Claremont, WA, AU

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KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR - (1876-1968) - PORTRAIT

Lot 57: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR - (1876-1968) - PORTRAIT

Auction Date: Aug 16, 2020

Estimate: AUD6,000 - AUD9,000

Description: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR
(1876-1968)
PORTRAIT
Signed lower left
Oil on board
38 x 30cm
$6,000/9,000
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Location: Claremont, WA, AU

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KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian), ROSES OF THE RIVIERA, oil on cardboard

Lot 40: KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian), ROSES OF THE RIVIERA, oil on cardboard

Auction Date: Nov 27, 2019

Estimate: AUD15,000 - AUD20,000

Description:
KATE O'CONNOR
(1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian)
ROSES OF THE RIVIERA
oil on cardboard

SIGNED:
signed with initials lower left: KL O’C
signed verso: O’Connor
bears inscription verso: no 33 / Roses of the Riviera
bears inscription on frame verso: Kate O’Connor / “Roses of the Riviera”

DIMENSIONS:
58.5 x 43.5 cm

PROVENANCE:
Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne
Private collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in July 1989
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Deutscher and Hackett

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KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian), A DREAM OF PERSIA, c.1948, oil on wood panel

Lot 36: KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian), A DREAM OF PERSIA, c.1948, oil on wood panel

Auction Date: Nov 27, 2019

Estimate: AUD25,000 - AUD35,000

Description:
KATE O'CONNOR
(1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian)
A DREAM OF PERSIA, c.1948
oil on wood panel

SIGNED:
signed with initials lower right: KL O’C
signed verso: O’Connor
bears inscription verso: 1613 / 16-6-65 / 5
bears inscription on old label verso: Perth Society of Artists / Kathleen L O’Connor / Perth / 37A Mount St W … / A Dream of Persia / …
signed and inscribed on old label verso: Kathleen L O’Connor / ‘a Persian inspired / … Society of / Artists

DIMENSIONS:
71.5 x 56.0 cm

PROVENANCE:
Osborne Art Gallery, Adelaide
Private collection
Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne
Private collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in April 1986

EXHIBITED:
Exhibition of Paintings by Kathleen O’Connor, Osborne Art Gallery, Adelaide, 28 April – 11 May 1965, cat. 5
Possibly: Perth Society of Artists, Skinner Galleries, Perth, June 1965
Australian Art: Colonial to Modern, Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne, 9 – 25 April 1986, cat. 99 (illus. in exhibition catalogue)

‘Flowers are not just flowers but exist in a vibrating decorative ambiency ( sic). This is the essence of the true impressionist outlook’.1

The rich red background of A Dream of Persia recalls the powerful tempera paintings O’Connor executed in the late 1920s, as does the sharp delineation of the individual objects. There are also echoes of the treatment the artist utilised in The Algerian Hat (lot 35), through the fracturing of the background plane and the potential dissolving of the flowers’ petals. These aspects, combined with the radiant light and the bold, palette knife application of the paint, point to this being executed shorty after her return to Australia in 1948, possibly to make up for the forced destruction of 150 paintings courtesy of the Fremantle Customs officials. The use of the word ‘dream’ in the title also hints at it being a form of memento mori, created in an attempt to capture the memory of happier days in Paris.

When commenting on an earlier still life, In My studio, Paris, c.1935 – 39 (National Gallery of Australia, Canberra), the critic Robert Hughes observed: ‘When you look at it you see the delectable froth of light breaking up the forms and leaving them still somewhat legible … but what really counts is the exuberant action of the line weaving and flickering through paint strokes of very high-key colour and then anchored by the fat, prosperous curve of the beautifully painted jug. She had a gift for organising image as surface, a fine voyeur-like sort of knitting that few local painters of the time could even approach’.2

1. Elizabeth Young quoted in Harris, M., ‘Kate O’Connor’, Art and Australia, Ure Smith, Sydney, vol. 3, no. 4, March 1966, p. 272
2. Hughes, R., quoted in ‘The Australian National Gallery Building: the collection’, Art and Australia, The Fine Arts Press, Sydney, vol. 14, nos. 3 & 4, Summer – Autumn, January and April 1977, p. 263

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KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian), THE ALGERIAN HAT, c.1949 – 51, oil on board

Lot 35: KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian), THE ALGERIAN HAT, c.1949 – 51, oil on board

Auction Date: Nov 27, 2019

Estimate: AUD60,000 - AUD80,000

Description:
KATE O'CONNOR
(1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian)
THE ALGERIAN HAT, c.1949 – 51
oil on board

SIGNED:
signed lower left: KL O’CONNOR

DIMENSIONS:
99.0 x 72.5 cm

PROVENANCE:
Osborne Art Gallery, Adelaide
Private collection
Sotheby’s, Perth, 17 September 1990, lot 60 (as ’Algernon’s Hat’)
Private collection, Melbourne

EXHIBITED:
Exhibition of Paintings by Kathleen O’Connor, Osborne Art Gallery, Adelaide, 28 April – 11 May 1965, cat. 20
Kate O’Connor, South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne, November 1966, cat. 22
Kathleen O’Connor retrospective: Chasing Shadows, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 4 July – 29 September 1996 (label attached verso)

LITERATURE:
Harris, M., ‘Kate O’Connor’, Art and Australia, Ure Smith, Sydney, vol. 3, no. 4, March 1966, p. 268 (illus.)
Gooding, J., Chasing Shadows: The Art of Kathleen O’Connor, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996, p. 65
Curtin, A., Kathleen O’Connor of Paris, Fremantle Press, Perth, 2018, pp. 210 – 11

RELATED WORK:
Australian Riches, c.1950, oil and charcoal on canvas, 87.7 x 69.2 cm, in the collection of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

ESSAY:
In the 1920s, a number of Australian artists, including Roy de Maistre, Adrian Feint and Margaret Preston, applied their talents to domestic design in the fields of textiles, ceramics and interiors. Kathleen O’Connor did likewise when she lived in Sydney in 1927, working for the Grace Bros. and David Jones department stores. She had commenced these activities in the early 1920s and following some years painting velvets for leading fashion houses, her ‘next activity was painting Algerian hats of native fibre, bent into every shape, and worn by the smart set at Deauville, Biarritz and even Paris’.1 It is one of these exaggeratedly tall hats which lies on its side forming the arresting backdrop in The Algerian Hat, c.1949 – 51. Its strong bands of colour suggest that this may be one of the examples hand-painted by O’Connor.

The traditional patterns of northern African textiles had featured earlier in the artist’s oeuvre in striking works such as Flowers and Oriental Carpet (Algeria), c.1928 – 29 and Colour Rhythm, c.1928 (both Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth [AGWA]). This interest had its roots in the 1925 Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Exhibition in Paris, after which ‘designers adapted the traditional geometric patterns and bold colours of North African rugs into original designs that harmonised with the clean lines of the new furniture and interior designs trends’.1 Although painted in Australia some twenty years later, The Algerian Hat indicates the strong attraction that these crafted objects retained for O’Connor as she arranged her intricate still lifes.

In December 1949, she took a studio in Fremantle and two significant paintings soon followed, The Algerian Hat, and its near-twin companion Australian Riches, c.1949 – 51 (AGWA). As O’Connor’s biographer Patrick Hutchings observed, in contrast to the softer European light of her French still lifes, these new works presented ‘a new palette and a new manner for the clear, unfiltered, often hard light of Western Australia’.2 Within a cluttered arrangement of objects – apples, cups, flowers, a cowrie shell, jug and woven hat – O’Connor explores the possibilities of modernism, particularly as presented by Paul Cézanne There are small shifts in tone and technique between Australian Riches and The Algerian Hat, and both works radiate with optimism and vitality. They are also painted with consummate skill and attention, evidence of an artist at her peak, having already exhibited successfully in London and France for the greater part of four decades.

1. ‘Miss O’Connor Interviewed in Sydney’, Daily News, Perth, 11 May 1927, p. 9
2. Gooding, J., Chasing Shadows: the art of Kathleen O’Connor, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996, pp. 46 – 47
3. Hutchings, P. A. E., and Lewis, J., Kathleen O’Connor: artist in exile, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Western Australia, 1987, p. 234

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KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian), AN IMPRESSION OF A TABLE IN MY HOME IN NICE, 1947, oil on board

Lot 37: KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian), AN IMPRESSION OF A TABLE IN MY HOME IN NICE, 1947, oil on board

Auction Date: Nov 27, 2019

Estimate: AUD25,000 - AUD35,000

Description:
KATE O'CONNOR
(1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian)
AN IMPRESSION OF A TABLE IN MY HOME IN NICE, 1947
oil on board

SIGNED:
signed lower right: KL O’Connor
signed, dated and inscribed verso: O’Connor / O’Connor / Nice / 1947
signed and inscribed with title on old label attached verso: Impression / of a table in my home / in Nice - / KL O’Connor

DIMENSIONS:
61.5 x 50.0 cm

PROVENANCE:
Sir Arthur and Lady Rymill, Adelaide (label attached verso)
Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne (label attached verso)
Private collection, Melbourne

ESSAY:
For much of the 1930s, Kathleen O’Connor travelled extensively through France as the paid companion to the wealthy widow, Harriet Stewart Dawson, whom she had first met on board ship when returning to Australia in 1926.1 Dawson often stayed at her villa in Monaco which gave O’Connor the opportunity to explore much of the nearby coastline, including the resort town of Nice, travelling in, she claimed, her employers’ luxurious Rolls Royce.2 The light in this stretch of the Riviera is renowned and had already been a direct stimulus to the work of artists such as Matisse. For O’Connor, it was no different, forming a possible link in her memory to the equally strong sun of Western Australia.

On her return to Paris following the Second World War, O’Connor had four works selected for inclusion in the exhibition Artistes Britanniques sur la Côte d’Azur to be held at the Musée Masséna in Nice in late 1947. When revisiting the city, she decided to stay and began ‘a sojourn of almost a year at the Hotel St Louis’.3 Her biographer Amanda Curtin has observed, ‘there is no evidence of Kate securing studio space in Nice but she did manage to paint. Works from this period include Pink glass – Nice (last identified in family holdings), Ensemble, Nice (private collection) and two portraits’.4 Patrick Hutchings identifies the pink bottle in An Impression of a Table in my Home, Nice as forming part of the collection of objects inherited by the artist’s niece Muriel Dawkins.5 Given O’Connor’s propensity for re-exhibiting old works with new titles in subsequent exhibitions, it is plausible that this painting could be one of the two still lifes identified by Curtin. The inclusion of the exotic location within the revised title may well have been one of her strategies to attract a buyer on her return to Australia. An Impression of a Table in my Home, Nice bears stylistic similarities to Verging on the Abstract, c.1938 (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne) but presents a richer palette of colours, no doubt reflective of the Riviera’s light.

1. Dawson’s husband was David Stewart Dawson, who founded a successful chain of stores. Following his death in 1932, his widow married a Prince from the Polish royal family in 1938 and sold her villa in Monaco.
2. Patrick Hutchings believes this is an example of O’Connor ‘gilding the lily’ in regard to her biographical details. Having seen photographs of this vehicle, he identifies it instead as a 1930 Vauxhall Grosvenor limousine, a luxurious machine but hardly a Rolls Royce as O’Connor claimed. Conversation with Patrick Hutchings, 20 October 19
3. Curtin, A., Kathleen O’Connor of Paris, Fremantle Press, Western Australia, 2018, p. 194
4. ibid.
5. Conversation with Patrick Hutchings, op. cit.

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KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian), THE CHOIR, oil on wood panel

Lot 41: KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian), THE CHOIR, oil on wood panel

Auction Date: Nov 27, 2019

Estimate: AUD20,000 - AUD30,000

Description:
KATE O'CONNOR
(1876 – 1968, New Zealand/Australian)
THE CHOIR
oil on wood panel

SIGNED:
signed with initials lower right: KL O’C
signed and inscribed on old label verso: Kathleen O’Connor / The Croquis Class / …
bears inscription on frame verso: B FINEMORE / LES CROQUIS COLLECTION BRIAN FINEMORE / 16

DIMENSIONS:
56.0 x 40.5 cm

PROVENANCE:
Osborne Art Gallery, Adelaide
Private collection
Brian Finemore, Melbourne
Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne
Private collection, Melbourne

EXHIBITED:
Exhibition of Paintings by Kathleen O’Connor, Osborne Art Gallery, Adelaide, 28 April – 11 May 1965, cat. 13 (as ‘The Croquis Class’)
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Kathleen O'Connor 1876 - 1968

Lot 59: Kathleen O'Connor 1876 - 1968

Auction Date: May 23, 2017

Estimate: AUD2,000 - AUD3,500

Description: Kathleen O'Connor 1876 - 1968 Old Pensioner Pastel Signed and dated 1903 lower right 47 x 31 cm...

Location: Claremont, WA, AU

Auction House: McKenzies Auctioneers

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Kathleen O'Connor 1876 - 1968

Lot 2: Kathleen O'Connor 1876 - 1968

Auction Date: Mar 21, 2017

Estimate: AUD3,000 - AUD6,000

Description: Kathleen O'Connor 1876 - 1968 Old Pensioner Pastel Signed and dated 1903 lower right 47 x 31 cm Note: The same subject illustrated page 131, Kathleen O'Connor, Artist in Exile. Listed as being in the possession of the Lee Steere family. Provenance: Lee Steere family...

Location: Claremont, WA, AU

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KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 - 1968, New Zealand/Australian), STILL LIFE, 1939, oil on canvas

Lot 81: KATE O'CONNOR, (1876 - 1968, New Zealand/Australian), STILL LIFE, 1939, oil on canvas

Auction Date: May 04, 2016

Estimate: AUD10,000 - AUD15,000

Description: KATE O?'CONNOR, (1876 - 1968, New Zealand/Australian), STILL LIFE, 1939, oil on canvas

SIGNED:
signed lower left: K.L. O?Connor
dated lower centre: 1939
signed on stretcher verso: O?Connor

DIMENSIONS:
61.0 - 46.0 cm

PROVENANCE:
Private collection, Perth
Arthur Spartalis Fine Art, Perth
Private collection, Perth acquired from the above in 2008
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Deutscher and Hackett

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KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR - STILL LIFE AND JAPANESE SCREEN - Watercolour

Lot 36: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR - STILL LIFE AND JAPANESE SCREEN - Watercolour

Auction Date: Nov 24, 2015

Estimate: AUD8,000 - AUD10,000

Description: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR
STILL LIFE AND JAPANESE SCREEN
Signed lower left
Watercolour
48 x 42cm
$8,000/10,000
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Location: Claremont, WA, AU

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KATHLEEN O'CONNOR 1876-1968 Still Life oil on fibre board

Lot 61: KATHLEEN O'CONNOR 1876-1968 Still Life oil on fibre board

Auction Date: Nov 25, 2014

Estimate: AUD12,000 - AUD18,000

Description: KATHLEEN O'CONNOR
1876-1968
Still Life
oil on fibre board
signed 'K L O'Connor' lower left
46.4 x 51.2 cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Sydney
Private Collection, Melbourne in 1980, by descent

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, MELBOURNE
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Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Auction House: Smith & Singer

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KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE), O'CONNOR (1876-1968),

Lot 16: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE), O'CONNOR (1876-1968),

Auction Date: Dec 04, 2012

Estimate: AUD7,000 - AUD10,000

Description: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE), O'CONNOR (1876-1968), STILL LIFE POPPIES, Signed lower left, Watercolour...

Location: Claremont, WA, AU

Auction House: GFL Fine Art

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KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR (1876-1968) STILL LIFE AND JAPANESE SCREEN

Lot 48: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR (1876-1968) STILL LIFE AND JAPANESE SCREEN

Auction Date: Nov 22, 2011

Estimate: AUD12,000 - AUD18,000

Description: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR (1876-1968)
STILL LIFE AND JAPANESE SCREEN
Signed lower left
Watercolour
48 x 42cm
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Location: Nedlands, WA, AU

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KATHLEEN LETITIA O'CONNOR (1876-1968) (Australian)

Lot 43: KATHLEEN LETITIA O'CONNOR (1876-1968) (Australian)

Auction Date: May 15, 2011

Estimate: AUD8,000 - AUD10,000

Description: KATHLEEN LETITIA O'CONNOR (1876-1968) (Australian) "Nurse with Baby in the Luxembourg Gardens" Oil on Board 32x22cm Signed with Initials Lower Left and Label Verso Label inscribed Luxemberg Gardens Nurse Rich Family Style Cap Concarneau ... Baby. K.L. O'Connor
Prov: Private Collection, Adelaide. O'Connor lived in France for 43 years, this work would date from about 1911 when she was living in Concarneau and mainly producing small intimate studies of people in the Luxemburg Gardens of which this is one. Her work has risen to prominence within Australia in more recent times, her still lifes produced late in her career that we see in the market place on occasion, like all her work prove to be so popular.
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Location: North Adelaide, SA, AU

Auction House: Elder Fine Art

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Kathleen Letitia O'Connor (1876-1968) Still Life

Lot 57: Kathleen Letitia O'Connor (1876-1968) Still Life

Auction Date: Jun 23, 2010

Estimate: AUD8,000 - AUD10,000

Description: Kathleen Letitia O'Connor (1876-1968) Still Life with Daisies and Vase Oil on card Signed lower right 61.5 x 46.5cm Provenance: Direct from the artist to the family and then via descent through the family...

Location: Claremont, WA, AU

Auction House: McKenzies Auctioneers

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Kathleen Letitia O'Connor (1876-1968) Still Life

Lot 42: Kathleen Letitia O'Connor (1876-1968) Still Life

Auction Date: Jun 23, 2010

Estimate: AUD8,000 - AUD14,000

Description: Kathleen Letitia O'Connor (1876-1968) Still Life Oil on card Signed indistinctly, lower left 57 x 43cm Provenance: Direct from the artist to the family and then via descent through the family...

Location: Claremont, WA, AU

Auction House: McKenzies Auctioneers

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Kathleen Letitia O'Connor (1876 - 1968) Floral

Lot 119: Kathleen Letitia O'Connor (1876 - 1968) Floral

Auction Date: Sep 23, 2009

Estimate: AUD4,000 - AUD8,000

Description: Kathleen Letitia O'Connor (1876 - 1968) Floral Still Life Watercolour Signed lower right 48 x 42cm...

Location: Claremont, WA, AU

Auction House: McKenzies Auctioneers

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KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR IN GARDENS

Lot 29: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR IN GARDENS

Auction Date: Jun 23, 2009

Estimate: AUD6,000 - AUD8,000

Description: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR IN GARDENS...

Location: Nedlands, WA, AU

Auction House: GFL Fine Art

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KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR (1876?-1968)

Lot 19: KATHLEEN LETITIA (KATE) O'CONNOR (1876?-1968)

Auction Date: Apr 10, 2006

Estimate: AUD15,000 - AUD20,000

Description: In the Luxemburg Gardens
signed 'K L O'Connor' (lower left)
oil on board
37.5 x 50 cm

verso:

Self Portrait
signed with initials 'K L O C' (lower right)
oil on board
39 x 51.2 cm
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Christie's

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KATHLEEN LETITIA O'CONNOR (1876?-1980)

Lot 132: KATHLEEN LETITIA O'CONNOR (1876?-1980)

Auction Date: May 06, 2003

Estimate: $7,800 - $9,750

Description: Three Working Women Resting in the Luxemberg Gardens signed with initials 'K L O'C' (lower left); titled 'Three Working Women Resting in the Luxemberg Gardens' on labels (affixed to the reverse) oil on board 22.5 x 32 cm PROVENANCE Lister Gallery, Perth Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1986. ...

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Christie's

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