Stars in the river: The prints of Jessie Traill

Stars in the river: The prints of Jessie Traill

Roger Butler (editor)

Stars in the river: The prints of Jessie Traill

Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 2001

176 pages, 111 colour illustrations, 22.5 x 22.5 cm. Bibliography, Biography, Exhibitions, Checklist.

ISBN 9780642334343

Embracing the medium of etching in the early 1900s, Jessie Traill forged a radical path for printmaking in Australia. Her engaging vision bridged Edwardian Romanticism and post-war Modernism, encompassing the lyrical beauty of rural scenes and dramatic images of industrial construction. Adventurous and independent, she travelled extensively throughout Australia and Europe during her lifetime, and translated her experiences into poetic observations of people and place.

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Table of Contents

  • Director’s foreword by Ron Radford
  • Introduction by Roger Butler
  • A pilgrim’s progress by Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax
  • Surface and shadow: the formation of Jessie Traill’s artistic vision by Rebecca Edwards
  • Man and Nature by Tim Bonyhady
  • Poetic geometry in the works of Jessie Traill: Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge series, by Macushla Robinson
  • Catalogue of works
  • Chronology
  • Select exhibitions
  • Select bibliography
  • Select bibliography
  • Works on paper by Jessie Traill in the National Gallery of Australia
  • Exhibition works on loan
  • Index


Traill, Jessie, 1881-1967;  Art, Australian-20th  century;  Australian printmaking; Etching-20th century