Margaret OLLEY

Accession number 2013_22
Artwork title Lemons and ginger jar
Date of work c1980
Credit Line / Acquisition Information Gift of the Estate of Margaret Olley 2013
Signed & Dated signed 'Olley' lower left
Display Height / Width 495cm x 750cm
Subject Still life
Artwork Statement

This work was originally gifted by Margaret Olley to Robert Haines (1910-2005), who was an influential mid-Twentieth Century gallery director. While Director of Queensland Art Gallery from 1951 to 1960, he was responsible for the purchase of Picasso’s masterpiece, La belle Hollandaise, which remains to this day a signature piece in the Gallery’s collection. He was subsequently Director of the David Jones Art Gallery in Sydney until 1976, and in that period became a ‘taste-maker’ for the arts.

Olley’s painting was displayed in the Paris apartment where Haines lived after he retired. Pictured here, circa 1990, are Haines and Olley in the apartment with the work. The woman in the background is assumed to be Haines’ partner, Patrice Rabute.

To Olley’s irritation, Haines later tired of the work, and sent it back to her where it remained in her collection until now.

Credit Line / Acquisition Information Gift of the Estate of Margaret Olley 2013

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