May Vale

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May Vale
May Vale PD photo.jpg
Born(1862-11-18)18 November 1862
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Died6 August 1945(1945-08-06) (aged 82)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
NationalityAustralian
EducationRoyal College of Art, National Gallery Art School
Known forPainting, Enamelling
MovementAustralian Impressionism
Spouse(s)
Alexander Gilfillan (m. 1908–1940)
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May Vale (1862–1945), was an Australian painter. She was reportedly the first women to be elected a member of the Buonarotti Society.[1]

Biography[edit]

Vale was born in Ballarat on 18 November 1862.[2] Her family moved to Melbourne 1872. Her family then moved to London, England in 1874.[3]

Vale attended the Royal College of Art in London, Then in 1879, after returning to Melbourne she attended the National Gallery Art Schools[3], studying under Oswald Rose Campbell[1], George Folingsby and Frederick McCubbin.[3] Her colleagues at the school included Jane Sutherland and Clara Southern.[1]

In 1893 she also opened a studio at 119 Swanston Street where she gave art lessons and worked as a commissioned portrait painter.[3][1] In 1895 she set up an art school at Flinders Buildings, where she taught plein air painting. One of her students was Alice Marian Ellen Bale.[1]

She was said to be the first woman to join the Buonarotti society,[1] but there are other claimants including Alice Brotherton in 1883. [4]

In 1906 Vale returned to London where she studied enamelling at the Chelsea Polytechnic Institute.[3]

Vale exhibited her painting and her enamels throughout her life at venues including the Victorian Artists Society, the Women's Art Club, and the Athenaeum.[3]

She had a one-woman show in 1927 at Queens Hall.[1]

She was a member of the Buonarotti Club, the Victorian Artists Society, and the Yarra Sculptors' Society.[1]

Vale died on 6 August 1945 in Melbourne.[3]

Legacy[edit]

Vale's works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales.[3]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "May Vale Biography". In the Artist's Footsteps. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  2. ^ "May Vale". National Gallery of Victoria. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h McGrath, Joyce. "Vale, May (1862–1945)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  4. ^ Mead, Stephen F. "The Search for Artistic Professionalism in Melbourne: the activities of the Buonarotti Club, 1883 -1887 - No 88 December 2011". latrobejournal.slv.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2018-04-08.

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