Hilda Rix Nicholas1884 - 1961 Autumn, evening's glow 1942
- oil on canvas
Hilda Rix Nicholas made a significant contribution to Australian art in the period between the First and Second World Wars with her nationalist landscapes and spirited portraits of soldiers. In France she also achieved a remarkable level of success and recognition for an Australian artist, particularly for her orientalist and pastoral subject paintings and drawings.
Autumn, evening's glow was painted at 'Knockalong' station near Delegate in the Monaro district of New South Wales where Rix Nicholas created her best-known images of people working the land - especially the women of the cattle stations.
The model in Autumn, evening's glow has been identified as Julie Turton, who was the Governess to the artist's young son. She appears as a model in many of Rix Nicholas's paintings of life on the land.
Autumn evening's glow featured in the first retrospective of her work: Paris to Monaro pleasure from the studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra in 2013.