Interior with flag

Interior with flag
Grace Cossington Smith
Interior with flag

oil, pencil on cardboard
33.2 x 29cm
ART90721

Smith spent the war years in Sydney, living in the family home. The British flag which dominates the small room indicates her family’s deeply patriotic stance. But it is the emptiness of the room and the chair that evokes the sense of loss and desolation experienced by many families in Australia. This contrasts with the use of a light and colourful palette, which adds an air of optimism to the interior.