- Constance Stokes
- Au Courant
- black ink and pastel on paper
- 36.5 x 26.5 cm
signed lower right: 1980 Constance Stokes
Copyright the Estate of the Artist.
- Stock Number
by descent to Lucilla Wyborn d'Abrera
Nora Heysen and Constance Stokes: Drawings from the Estates, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, 21 May - 18 June 2016
Innovative Australian Women, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, 25 March - 25 May 2020
Constance Stokes was a talented, ambitious artist who furthered her artistic studies in Europe and was celebrated as a successful artist in her time. Stokes studied at the Gallery School at the National Gallery of Victoria under Bernard Hall, where her natural talent shone and she was awarded the Travelling Scholarship in 1929 which enabled her to continue her studies at the Royal Academy in London and in Paris in the summer of 1931 with Andre Lhote who was to have a profound influence on her.
She was included in the Twelve Australian Artists exhibition at Burlington Galleries, London in 1953 and represented at the 1953 Venice Biennale.
Her work is included in many private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria who held a retrospective of her work in 1993 and included her in the 1992 exhibition Classical Modernism: The George Bell Circle.
Stokes drew on life models and her friends to create atmospheric portraits.