- Isabel Tweddle
- Rooftops, Melbourne
- oil on artist board
- 43 x 38 cm
signed with monogram lower right
- Stock Number
Estate of the artist
by descent to the artist's grandson
Bridget McDonnell Gallery, Melbourne, 2009
private collection, Melbourne
The view presented here is from the artist's studio in Collins Street, looking over the State Theatre, which is now the Forum Theatre, with its distinctive domed tower, and on towards St Kilda Road.
Isabel Hunter attended the National Gallery of Victoria School from 1894 – 1897 under Frederick McCubbin and Bernard Hall where she met Ada May Plante, developing a lifelong friendship and often working alongside each other, sharing a studio in the 1920s. She later studied with Max Meldrum. Marriage, family and regular travel to London for her husband’s business interests all had impacts upon her career, including two exhibitions in London. She has been described as having a strong personality and this, along with her husband’s position as trustee at the National Gallery of Victoria, allowed her an influence on the Melbourne cultural scene as a supporter of modern art.
Her modern impulses can be seen in her gestural brushstrokes, giving her work a level of spontaneity. She painted still lifes, landscapes, portraits and genre subjects.
Tweddle was a founding member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society; member of the Contemporary Art Group from 1932 and President of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors.
Her modernist tendencies are on display in Rooftops, Melbourne with its angular shapes; saturated colour and dynamic brushstrokes.