Contemporary Group

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The name of two associations of Australian artists—one in Sydney, the other in Melbourne—founded to encourage an appreciation of modern art in their country; they were separate but existed at the same time. The first was founded in Sydney in 1925; its two prime movers were George Lambert (see Lambert, Maurice), the most successful Australian portraitist of his day, and his former pupil Thea Proctor (1879–1966), a watercolourist. Participants in its exhibitions included several artists influenced by Post-Impressionism, among them Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith. The Melbourne Contemporary Group was founded by George Bell in 1932 and was short lived because in 1938 he turned his energies to the Contemporary Art Society.

Subjects: Art.

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