La robe Chinoise [The Chinese dress]

Hilda RIX NICHOLAS: artist

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About the work

La robe Chinoise [The Chinese dress] was painted by Hilda Rix Nicholas
in Paris in the heady days before the start of the First World War. Australian born and educated, Rix Nicholas had travelled overseas with her mother and sister in 1907 in order to continue her art studies. The sitter for the painting was the artist’s sister, Elsie, and her depiction in fancy dress reflects the late Edwardian period’s obsession with appearance, artifice, and disguise, as well as their fascination with non-European cultures. When war broke out the family was evacuated to England. Unfortunately Elsie contracted enteric fever on the crossing and died soon after their arrival, just one year after this portrait was made.
La robe Chinoise [The Chinese dress]
Artist/Maker and role
Hilda RIX NICHOLAS: artist
c 1913
oil on canvas
139.5 x 80.0 cm (sight)
185.3 x 115 cm (framed)
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Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 1994
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
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