Au Marche

Ethel Carrick Fox

Ethel Carrick Fox Au Marche
Au Marche by Ethel Carrick Fox


Ethel Carrick Fox
Au Marche
c. 1908
oil on Baltic pine panel
27 x 35 cm

label verso: Societe du Salon D’Automne

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The artist
Mr Arnold Rowe
Ms Nancy Rowe
Mr Adrian Holst, Melbourne
Fine Antiques and Decorative Arts, EJ Ainger, Melbourne, 2018
Private collection, Melbourne


Salon d'Automne, Paris, 1908, cat. no. 360 Au Marche (esquisse)

Further Information

“The energy and liveliness of outdoor crowds occupied Ethel Carrick Fox throughout her career, and she was particularly fascinated by markets, parks and beaches. Perfect subjects for her swiftly wrought impressions, these turn-of-the-century public spaces were being transformed by modernity. …

Upon her move to Paris with her husband in 1905, Carrick became more adventurous in her manipulation of perspective. In her Parisian market scenes, she elevates the horizon lines, creating a larger field for bright, colourful dabs and splashes suggesting flowers and vegetables… Carrick’s choice of outdoor subjects may have been a practical solution to studio space constraints. She usually worked on small, portable timber boards, although occasionally these were used as the basis for composing larger canvases in the studio.

Angela Goddard, ‘Modernity in Motion: Ethel Carrick’s crowds’ in Art, Love & Life: Ethel Carrick & E. Phillips Fox, Queensland Art Gallery, 2011, p.79


“Carrick painted numerous flower market pictures, exhibiting two in the Paris Salon d’Automne of 1907. At the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts (New Salon) in 1927 she exhibited Marche aux fleurs (Nice) and in 1932 two further works titled Marche aux fleurs, Nice. These or similar paintings were also exhibited in her Australian exhibitions: her solo exhibition at Everymans’ Lending Library, Melbourne in 1933 and in joint showings with her late husband’s paintings in 1934, 1944 and 1945. At John Martine’s Art Gallery in Adelaide she exhibited In the Flower Market (Nice) priced at 100 guineas. …”

  1. Phillips Fox & Ethel Carrick, Deutscher Fine Art, 1997, p.55


“Over the years she painted several lively scenes at markets in Nice and Paris. Her attraction to markets, apart from their sense of colour and life, was the fact that market women and shoppers acted as unpaid models, provided she could paint rapidly enough to capture the scene. One of her major works, The French Flower Market(1909) became Carrick’s most valuable painting when it was sold at auction in 1996 [now surpassed]… This beautiful painting is filled with sunshine, shadows and blooms: one can almost smell the perfume of the flowers. With exceptional skill Carrick conveyed all the joy she felt on that warm afternoon as she painted in the flower market.”

Susanne de Vries, Ethel Carrick Fox: Travels and Triumphs of a Post-Impressionist, Pandanus Press, 1997, p.73

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