Western Australian Wildflowers
Marian Ellis Rowan
- Marian Ellis Rowan
- Western Australian Wildflowers
- watercolour and gouache on paper
- 14.5 x 35.5 cm
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Marian Ellis Rowan (1848 - 1922) was a remarkable woman, who blurred the lines between fine art and natural history illustration with artworks characterised not only by their detailed accuracy but also her own compositional charm and touches of dramatic interest, such as the inclusion of insects, adding more life, narrative interest and sense of scale. This artwork is indicative of her passion for depicting the flora of Western Australia, where she visited in 1880 and again in 1906 to areas including Kalgoorlie, Laverton and Goongarrie. Perhaps better described as a landscape rather than a flower painting,Western Australian Wildflowers depicts a carpet of vivid wildflowers set in the bush landscape. This celebrated and prolific artist with her reputation for painting wildflowers is represented in many public collections including significant holdings at the National Library of Australia and the Queensland Museum; as well as the National Gallery of Australia; the National Gallery of Victoria; the Art Gallery of New South Wales; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; the Art Gallery of Western Australia; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Adelaide; the National Herbarium, Melbourne; the National Trust of Australia; the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.