Woman with Coat and Hat, painting by Elsie Struss
Woman with Coat and Hat, painting by Elsie Struss.
c.1929-33, oil on canvas, 94 x 78.5cm. Gippsland Art Gallery Collection. Donated from the Estate of Elsie Struss, 1987.
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Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Elsie Struss.
In 1987 the Gippsland Art Gallery received a significant donation of nineteen original works by Sale-born artist Elsie Struss (1909—1985) from her estate. Cumulatively the works provide a thorough overview of her output during her years as a student at the National Gallery of Victoria School of Art (1929—1933).
In works such as Woman with Coat and Hat, she reveals a clear skill for modelling form and tone with paint. Struss’ highly structured pictures were conceived tonally, working outwards from a dark background toward a middle ground, with highlights applied at crucial points to achieve the illusion of depth.