National Gallery Acquires Paintings By Three Remarkable Women

Lemon and grey, by Alison Rehfisch (1933).

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Lemon and grey, by Alison Rehfisch (1933).

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The National Gallery: representing more women artists, with Lemon and grey, by Alison Rehfisch (1933).

Three significant works by women artists have been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, including the beautiful painting, Lemon and grey, pictured above. Painted in 1933 by Australian artist Alison Rehfisch, its acquisition is part of a deliberate strategy to address the under-representation of women in the national collection.

The acquisition of the paintings – which also include Ethel Carrick’s Esquisse en Australie and Bessie Davidson’s Tulips with white pot – was announced this week to coincide with International Women’s Day.

On International Women’s Day last year, the National Gallery launched a Gender Equity Action Plan; this week it announced it had met its gender equity commitments over the past 12 months. According to its figures for 2022, women artists were represented in 55% of total works acquired, 64% of works in special exhibitions; and 44% of works in touring exhibitions.

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