Bessie Davidson & Sally Smart: Two artists and the Parisian avant-garde

Bessie Davidson was an Australian artist who moved to Paris to pursue art in the early 20th century. Explore her ‘modern French impressionist’ style of painting – with light-filled domestic interiors, landscapes and women at leisure – displayed in the gallery, and viewable online; alongside works by her great-niece, Sally Smart. Interviews with the contemporary artist, curator Tansy Curtin and exhibition essays are also accessible, with an excerpt from Smart’s new film installation that draws on Davidson’s relationship with artist and friend, Margaret Preston.

Sally Smart, Paris Performance: Twilight (still) with dancers Deanne Butterworth and Jo Lloyd, 2019. Photograph: Jeff Busby. Courtesy the artist and Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

Bessie Davidson, Lecture au jardin 1930s, oil on wood. Max and Nola Tegel Collection. © Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Bendigo Art Gallery
20 March to 26 July 2020

Video walkthrough of the exhibition
Panoramic views of the exhibition