Illustrated page from The Queenslander annual, November 4, 1936, p. 27

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When: 01 January 1936

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Creator: Vida Lahey.

Location: Queensland.

Description: Caption: The blue Pacific. Oil painting by Vid Lahey of a rocky foreshore and the surf, framed between pandanus trees.

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    • 04/Nov/2021 02:31:18

    According to the writing on the photo, the artist's name is Vida Lahey.

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    • 04/Nov/2021 02:35:18

    Frances Vida Lahey (1882-1968), a painter, was born on 26 August 1882 at Pimpama, Queensland, daughter of David Lahey, Irish-born farmer and timber-miller, and his wife, Jane Jemima, née Walmsley. She began to exhibit regularly in all major Australian cities in 1923 and subsequently participated in exhibitions in Paris, London and the United States of America. Her early subjects included genre, landscape and portraits but still, life, especially floral pieces in watercolour, became predominant. Most successful in watercolour, she believed that her still life work had developed its uses in a new way. By the mid-1920s she had won a firm place among Australian women artists and she was well regarded for her vivacious and sensitive treatment of light and colour. Her pamphlet, Art for All (c.1946), made an urgent plea to combat the ugliness and monotony of the modern world through imagination and a pleasing environment. Short, slight and very shy, Vida Lahey believed strongly in the dignity of labour and herself laid much of the brickwork around her St Lucia home, designed by her brother Romeo. Vida Lahey was a sensitive and pleasing painter but her main contribution lies in her role as teacher and public spokeswoman in a State not noted for its interest in culture. Source: