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Members Acquisition Fund 2013 - 14             

The National Gallery of Australia invites members to contribute to the annual Members Acquisition Fund and to support the acquisition of Hilda Rix Nicholas' The Three Sisters, Bue Mountains 1921-22.

Hilda Rix Nicholas is one of Australia’s most important early twentieth century women artists. During a visit to the Blue Mountains in the 1920s she produced the remarkable, majestic, early painting, The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains 1921-22. Using a dramatic composition the artist responded directly to nature, but also simplified the scene into bold sculptural forms, using a restricted pallet of blues, greys, pinks and oranges. It is an imposing image in its perspective and depth, and perfectly conveys the expanse of space. Painted from high ground, the jagged sandstone forms of the three sisters dominate the foreground, from which we look down giddily into the deep valley and its winding river. On the horizon there is a ripple of undulating forms beneath a pale green-pink sky.

The Members Acquisition Fund was established to enable National Gallery of Australia Members to directly contribute to the acquisition of an important work of art for the national art collection.

Since its creation in 2009, NGA Members have helped the Gallery to acquire four major works of art including Margaret Olley's much loved Hawkesbury wildflowers and pears c 1973 and Conrad Marten's Campbell's Wharf 1857 which will feature in the Australia exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia. 

By giving to this fund, NGA Members play an active and important role in building the national art collection for Australia.

Please help us to build on the legacy of the Members Acquisition Fund and add to the treasured resource that is the national art collection by donating to the acquisition of Hilda Rix Nicholas's dramatic oil painting The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains 1921-22

Donations above $2 are tax deductible. Contributions will be acknowledged in Artonview magazine and the National Gallery of Australia Foundation Annual Report.

We hope you will continue to assist us in shaping the future of the National Gallery of Australia and the national art collection.

Ron Radford AM
Director

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