Rickett’s Point II
- Clarice Beckett
- Rickett’s Point II
- oil on pulpboard
- 18 x 33 cm
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Beckett was renowned for her innovative compositions, her remarkable poetic lyricism and the dramatic intensity she was able to create. She was able to find ample subject matter for her distinctive paintings from the everyday world around her. This work was painted from Beckett's favourite haunts on the cliff tops along the foreshore looking out to Port Phillip Bay. It shows her classic poetic lyricism and a contemporary daring with her sparing use of paint and her paring back of form. Fleeting sunsets, sunrises and gathering dusk and moving sea fogs last for only minutes and the image and tones change constantly. Great skill with handling the paint and keeping a freedom of the impression is evident in this image. Beckett’s use of soft dissolving edges, a difficult technical feat employed to create atmosphere, is characteristic of her modernist style. Beckett's modernism lies in her minimalist aesthetic and her ability to arouse an emotional response with her images.