E Phillips Fox | Loves me, loves me not c.1909 | Gift of Sir J Winthrop Hackett, 1910 | Collection: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth | Photograph: Bo Wong

16 April to 7 August 2011 – Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art

The ‘Art, Love and Life: Ethel Carrick and E. Phillips Fox’ exhibition tells the story of an artistic marriage and partnership, one of the most significant in Australian art. Both were painters of modern life at the turn of the last century, and the exhibition will explore the inflections of life and society in their work, from bustling scenes of markets and beaches, to intimate views of families, women and children.

Born in Australia, Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865–1915) married the English painter Ethel Carrick (1872–1952) in 1905 and, over the next decade, they lived in the centre of Paris, travelling through Europe, North Africa and Australia in search of exotic subjects for their expressive paintings. After Phillips Fox died suddenly in 1915, Carrick continued her career, tirelessly promoted her late husband’s work and continued to thrive on adventurous travel.

The exhibition will include approximately 100 paintings, works on paper and ephemera exploring the artists’ lives, subjects and milieu, drawn from major institutions and private collections across Australia.

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