Madame Bourdic's little plate, Margaret Carlisle

Vol 40 no 3, Aug 2018
Article from Vol 40 no 3, Aug 2018

Madame Bourdic's little plate, Margaret Carlisle


In the 19th century, many artists trained in Europe came to Australia, where the strange new land often impacted on how they saw the world and what they depicted. French china painter Madame Bourdic did not succumb to the Australian environment. She continued to paint china in the academic tradition she had learned in France and Italy, and taught those delicate painting techniques to married and single women students in Melbourne.

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