December 14, 2018

“When one can enter the enchanted kingdom of reading,” said Colette, “why write?” Many writers have expressed a profound distaste for their profession, but Colette (1873-1954) was one of the most natural talents ever to pick up a pen. Although she felt writing to be a dreadful chore she produced a constant stream of novels, … More

Intrepid Women

February 16, 2018

It’s an historical fact that women have almost always outnumbered men at Australian art schools but accounted for only a small proportion of works acquired for public collections. The times have been a-changing for the past few decades, with no gallery overtly discriminating against female artists, but there is still a debt to be paid … More


June 30, 2011

Edouard Manet (1832-83) was the complete Parisian and Paris is the ideal place to see his work – and not only because so many of his greatest paintings are to be found in the Musée d’Orsay. A short stroll across the Pont Royal takes us to the Louvre, where Titian’s Fete Champetre (c.1509) provided a … More

Paris sera toujours Paris

June 29, 2011

There is such an incalculable amount that may be said about Paris, it’s tempting to just shut up. However, having not yet reached that charmed state where, like Anish Kapoor, I can title a volume of conversations: “I Have Nothing to Say”, I’m obliged to blog on regardless. Paris may not be the world capital … More

Ethel Carrick & E. Phillips Fox

April 30, 2011

Words such as “delightful” do not play much of a role in this column, but if ever there were an occasion for such a lapse, it would be Art, Love & Life: Ethel Carrick & E. Phillips Fox, at the Queensland Art Gallery. The Foxes were a successful partnership, both as man and wife, and … More