This is Hilda Rix Nicholas

By Gwylym Owen

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Hilda Rix Nicholas (née Rix, later Wright, 1 September 1884 – 3 August 1961) was an Australian artist. Born in the Victorian city of Ballarat, she studied below a leading Australian Impressionist, Frederick McCubbin, at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School from 1902 to 1905 and was an early supporter of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors. Following the death of her dad in 1907, Rix, her unaccompanied sibling Elsie and her mom travelled to Europe where she undertook additional study, first in London and next Paris. Her teachers during the get older included John Hassall, Richard Emil Miller and Théophile Steinlen.

After travelling to Tangier in 1912, Rix held several booming exhibitions of her work, with one drawing, Grande marché, Tanger, purchased by the French government. She was one of the first Australians to paint post-impressionist landscapes, was made a supporter of the Société des Peintres Orientalistes Français, and had works hung in the Paris Salon in 1911 and 1913. The family evacuated from France to England after the outbreak of World War I. A times of personal tragedy followed, as Rix’s sister died in 1914, then her mom in 1915. In 1916 she met and married George Matson Nicholas, only to be widowed the bordering month bearing in mind he was killed upon the Western Front.

Returning to Australia in 1918, Rix Nicholas another time took taking place professional painting, and held an exhibition of greater than a hundred works at Melbourne’s Guild Hall. Many sold, including In Picardy, purchased by the National Gallery of Victoria. Following a era painting in rural locations in the upfront 1920s, Rix Nicholas returned to Europe. A 1925 exhibition in Paris led to the sale of her work In Australia to the Musée du Luxembourg, followed by an extensive tour of her paintings just about regional British art galleries. Other exhibitions, such as the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, and the Royal Academy of Arts, both in London, soon hosted her work. She was made an Associate of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts after several of her works were included in its 1926 Spring exhibition in Paris.

In 1926, Rix Nicholas returned to Australia, and in 1928 she married Edgar Wright, whom she had met during her travels in the further on 1920s. The couple decided at Delegate, New South Wales; their lonesome child, a son named Rix Wright, was born in 1930. Though she continued to paint significant works including The Summer House and The Fair Musterer, Rix Nicholas, a staunch critic of modernism and disdainful of emerging major artists such as Russell Drysdale and William Dobell, grew out of step similar to trends in Australian art. Her pictures followed a conservative protester style, portraying an Australian pastoral ideal, and reviews of her exhibitions grew more uneven. She held her last solo play in 1947. Rix Nicholas remained at Delegate until her death in 1961. Her works are held in most major Australian collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, and the Queensland Art Gallery.

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