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Hilda Rix Nicholas, circa 1920, dressed as "the spirit of the bush"

Hilda Rix Nicholas (1884–1961) was an Australian artist. After training under leading Heidelberg School painter, Frederick McCubbin, she travelled to Europe in 1907 and studied in both London and Paris. Visiting Tangiers in 1912, she was one of the first Australians to paint post-impressionist landscapes and was made a member of the Société des Peintres Orientalistes Français. During World War I, she met and married Major George Nicholas; she spent only three days with him before he returned to duty and was killed on the Western Front. Returning to Australia, she held an exhibition of over a hundred works in Melbourne's Guild Hall. Many sold, including In Picardy, purchased by the National Gallery of Victoria. Spending the mid-1920s in Europe, she enjoyed significant success and was made an Associate of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. In 1926, Rix Nicholas returned again to Australia. A staunch critic of modernism, she disdained emerging artists such as Russell Drysdale and William Dobell. She fell out of step with Australian art and her last solo show was in 1947. Her works, which portray an Australian pastoral ideal, are held in most major Australian collections. (Full article...)

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa is an ukiyo-e woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai, published sometime between 1830 and 1833. The first print in his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (the mountain visible in the background), it depicts a large wave threatening boats off the coast of Kanagawa Prefecture. The series was very popular when it was produced, and it is likely that the original woodblocks printed around 5,000 copies.

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