This Nude Life of Janet Cumbrae-Stewart

[Images: Early in the Morning (1924 pastel on paper mounted on board NGA Canberra) Portrait of a Girl with Flowers (1922 pastel 74 cm x 53 cm)

Janet Agnes Cumbrae-Stewart was born on 23 December, 1883 in the Melbourne Bayside suburb of Brighton. As a student of the National Gallery school from 1901-1907, Cumbrae-Stewart was awarded 2nd place in 1905 and received a travelling scholarship. She spent 17 years in Europe from 1922, studying and living in Caen and Avignon, France; Laiguelia on the Riviera de Pononte in Northern Italy and later in Canada. She also exhibited her artwork extensively in London and Paris.

  • Cumbrae-Stewart is primarily known for her sensitive, yet sensuous female nudes, in pastel.
  • She died on 8 September, 1960 at the inner city Melbourne suburb of South Yarra.

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