A Playful Interlude

Marie Tuck

A Playful Interlude by Marie Tuck


Marie Tuck
A Playful Interlude
oil on canvas
76 x 72 cm

signed lower right

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Tuck’s paintings show an influence of French impressionism and of Rupert Bunny in their subject matter, style and use of soft colours. A Playful Interlude depicts an Edwardian style interior with beautiful complementing warm colour palette of pinks and browns – the pink sheen of the woman’s dress echoed in the flowers and matching tones of the central vase and the carpet rendered with stippled colour.

Marie Tuck had early aspirations to travel to Europe to study art, painting landscapes, portraits and genre scenes. In 1896 she moved from Adelaide to Perth and taught art students before eventually leaving for France in 1906. She was a regular exhibited at the Old Salon between 1906-1912 (the first Australian woman to be accepted) and a large painting was purchased by AGSA in 1908. Tuck studied with Rupert Bunny in Paris and painted in areas favoured by the avant-garde of the time – Brittany, Normandy, Picardy, and particularly Etaples. She reluctantly returned to Australia at the outbreak of war in 1914, returning to teach at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts and introducing life drawing from the nude model. Her students included Dora Chapman, Ivor Hele, Ivor Francis and Jacqueline Hick.  She remained connected to France, undertaking a series of paintings for Rheims Cathedral in 1919, which were destroyed in the second world war. She held a solo exhibitions in 1924 and 1933, although her work was not highly sought at that time.

Represented: Art Gallery of South Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Benalla Art Gallery; Australian National University, Canberra

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