ETHEL SPOWERS AND Eveline SYME - NOORDHUIS-FAIRFAX, Sarina (author). Spowers & Syme. Melbourne; National Gallery of Australia. 2021
Royal 8vo.; publisher's pictorial boards with wrap-around design by Spowers; pp. [vi], 7-96 + [i]; beautifully illustrated in rich matt colours throughout, on almost every page; a new copy.
First edition, published to accompany a touring exhibition, "Know My Name", promoted by the National Gallery of Australia, to celebrate the work of all women artists.
The Australian artists Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme, who knew each other since their schooldays at South Yarra, were to emerge as pivotal figures in the establishment of modernism in Australia, having both studied with avant-garde tutors in England and France in the 1920s and '30s. This exhibition includes some relief prints and rarely seen oil paintings and the catalogue, written by curator Dr. Sarina Noorduis-Fairfax, gives a scholarly account of both artists' creative development and achievements.