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Clarice Majoribanks Beckett

 (1887 - 1935)
Clarice Majoribanks Beckett was active/lived in Australia.  Clarice Beckett is known for atmospheric, tonalist landscape painting, floral still life and water scenes.

Clarice Majoribanks Beckett

Biography from Deutscher and Hackett Sidney

Clarice Beckett’s connection with Ballarat in Australia was more than that of a happy visit to its beautiful lakeside gardens in 1927. Born in Casterton, she attended school in Ballarat at Queen’s College and also studied charcoal drawing under a Miss Eva Hopkins, before her family moved to Melbourne in 1904.

Some years later, in 1914 she returned to art, studying drawing under Frederick McCubbin at the National Gallery School, and then painting with Max Meldrum from 1917. While she became Meldrum’s ‘star’ pupil, the poetic and philosophical inclination of her art was, no doubt, encouraged by McCubbin, whose philosophizing had led to him being dubbed ‘The Proff’ by his friends.

From 1919, when her parents retired to the Melbourne suburb of Beaumaris, its beach sides and surrounds became a major inspiration for her paintings. Captured early and late in the day, in different seasons, and focused on the everyday of un-glamorous roads and telegraph poles, or bathing boxes, through her art the ordinary was metamorphosed into paintings of profound beauty.

Evening Light, Beaumaris, c.1925, in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and Sandringham Beach, c.1933, in the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra are captivating examples of the prosaic transformed into the poetic.

In Melbourne city she painted light-filled streets on wet nights and tranquil views across the Yarra River, often embraced by the spans of its most handsome bridges.

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About  Clarice Majoribanks Beckett

Born:  1887 - Casterton, Australia
Died:   1935 - Melbourne, Australia
Known for:  atmospheric, tonalist landscape painting, floral still life and water scenes