Art, Love and Life: Ethel Carrick & E Phillips Fox

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Saturday 16 April 2011 to Sunday 07 August 2011
The story of one of Australian art’s most significant marriages will be told for the first time in a new exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery. The personal artistic union of Ethel Carrick & E Phillips Fox, two of Australia’s most significant late impressionist painters, will be celebrated in a major exhibition from April 16 to August 7, 2011.

Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said ‘Art, Love and Life: Ethel Carrick and E Phillips Fox’ would includes more than 100 paintings, and give a fresh view of both artists’ careers, telling their stories jointly for the first time in a major institution.

‘Ethel Carrick and E Phillips Fox were painters of modern life at the turn of last century and this exhibition provides an insight into their active artistic careers and extensive travels together around Europe, North Africa and Australia,’ he said.

‘Audiences will encounter works dating from 1880s to the 1940s, including Carrick and Fox’s much-loved beach and North African scenes, flower and vegetable markets, colourful parks and intimate views of families, women and children,’ Mr Ellwood said.

Queensland Art Gallery Curator Angela Goddard said the works would be drawn from the National Gallery of Australia and state and private collections, as well as the Queensland Art Gallery’s own holdings.

‘This exhibition examines Carrick and Fox’s works through the prism of their marriage, and is a continuation of the Gallery’s commitment to new scholarship on Australian art,’ she said.

Melbourne-born Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915) married the English-born painter Ethel Carrick (1872- 1952) in 1905. Together they spent a decade living in Paris and travelling through England, France, Italy, Spain, North Africa and Australia, painting modern life as they saw it along the way.

‘Carrick and Fox’s works celebrate a way of life that was leisured and elegant, such as Phillip Fox’s Al Fresco 1905, a sophisticated, urbane family gathering, and Carrick Fox’s Manly Beach – Summer is here 1913, a lively beach scene marking the birth of Australian beach culture.

‘Other highlights of the exhibition include Carrick and Fox’s French flower market 1909, and the Queensland Art Gallery’s much-loved Bathing hour 1909 by Phillips Fox, an intimate portrait of a mother and child at the beach.

‘Many of Ethel Carrick Fox’s works, in particular, have been hidden away in private collections until now, and audiences will also see a new side to E Phillips Fox’s art,’ Ms Goddard said.

As well as creating their own beautiful works, the couple were influential in promoting art in Australia. Fox helped establish the Melbourne School of Art in 1893, and continued to teach and promote Australian artists throughout his career.

When Phillips Fox passed away in 1915 at the age of fifty, his wife continued to carry on his legacy, tirelessly promoting his work, while continuing with her own painting career, teaching and travelling extensively.

‘Art, Love and Life: Ethel Carrick and E Phillips Fox’ is accompanied by a richly illustrated, 224 page colour catalogue with essays by leading scholars including Dr Juliette Peers and Queensland Art Gallery Curator Angela Goddard.

The exhibition’s opening weekend will feature tours, talks and discussions with visiting speakers and Gallery curators. For more information visit “www.qag.qld.gov.au”: http://qag.qld.gov.au/.

Admission fees apply. Tickets can be purchased in advance through www.qtix.com.au or telephone 136 246 (booking fee applies).

Ticket prices: Adult: $12; Concession: $10; Members: $9 (Discount available to Gallery and Foundation Members); Secondary students: $6; Children (12 years & under): FREE Family (1–2 Adults & Children aged 13–17): $30 Season adult: $36 Season concession: $30 Season member: $27 (Discount available to Gallery and Foundation Members)

The mosque at Tangier c.1911
© All rights reserved E Philips Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas on board 46 x 35.5cm Collection: Philip Bacon
The quay at Dinard c.1911
© All rights reserved Ethel Carrick Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas on wood panel 70.9 x 91.1cm Felton bequest, 1942 Collection: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The orphan 1895
© All rights reserved E Philips Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 53.4 x 42.1cm The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, Perth
A suffragette 1911
© All rights reserved E Philips Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 46 x 38cm Purchased 1955 Collection: University of New South Wales, Sydney
(Place de la Concorde) c.1918-19
© All rights reserved Ethel Carrick Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas on masonite 88.3 x 137.3cm Private collection Photograph: Rick Merrie
Market, under trees 1919
© All rights reserved Ethel Carrick Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 73 x 98.5cm Private collection Courtesy: Sotheby’s Australia
North African street scene c.1924
© All rights reserved Ethel Carrick Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on panel 37.2 X 29.4cm Gift of Arts Victoria, 1998 Collection: Bendigo Art Gallery
Flower market, Nice c.1925
© All rights reserved Ethel Carrick Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 60 x 73cm Purchased 1955 Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
The canteen workers c.1944
© All rights reserved Ethel Carrick Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on cotton canvas 59 x 81cm Private collection Photograph: Mim Stirling
Arabs bargaining 1911
© All rights reserved Ethel Carrick Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 63.5 x 80cm Private collection Courtesy: Sotheby’s Australia
Rue Mouffetard, Paris 1910
© All rights reserved Ethel Carrick Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 38.1 x 45.6cm Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth Photograph: Paul Green
View of Tangiers c.1911
© All rights reserved E Philips Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 35.5 x 46.5cm Private collection
Al fresco c.1905
© All rights reserved E Philips Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 153.6 x 195.6cm Morgan Thomas Bequest Fund 1908 Collection: Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Promenade c.1909
© All rights reserved E Philips Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on wood panel 26.6 x 35.cm Purchased 1974 Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
La Loggia 1906-7
© All rights reserved E Philips Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 37 x 46cm Private collection, New South Wales Photograph: Mim Stirling
Venetian boats 1906-7
© All rights reserved Ethel Carrick Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on wood panel 33 x 23.1cm Bequest of Alan R Henderson, 1956 Collection: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
(Bathing hour) (L'heure du bain) c.1909
© All rights reserved E Philips Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 183.5 x 113.5cm Purchased 1946 Collection: Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Green Wave, Manly c.1914
© All rights reserved E Philips Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 46.2 x 61.3cm Herbert and Ivy Brookes Bequest, 1973 Collection: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Manly Beach – summer is here 1913
© All rights reserved Ethel Carrick Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 81 x 100cm Gift of the artist, 1934 Collection: Manly Art Gallery, Sydney
French flower market 1909
© All rights reserved Ethel Carrick Fox 2011 Australia
Oil on canvas 51 x 61cm Private collection