• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • Flickr
  • Youtube
  • eNews

Vida Lahey: Colour and Modernism

The new bridge 1931

Vida Lahey | Australia 1882–1968 | The new bridge 1931 | Watercolour | 48.7 x 53.5cm | Purchased 1997 with funds from MIM Holdings Limited through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Queensland Art Gallery

16 October 2010 – 11 January 2011 | Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists' Gallery, QAG

Vida Lahey (1882–1968) is one of Queensland's best loved artists, recognised as much for her work in promoting art and art education in Queensland as for her own paintings.

Lahey's early affinity with colour was inspired at first by European Impressionism, reflected in works such as The carters' rest, Eagle Street 1913, before the vital colour of Post-Impressionism began to influence her work. The art environment in Brisbane was particularly conservative, making Vida Lahey's vibrant flower studies highly visible expressions of modernist ideas at the Royal Queensland Art Society's annual exhibitions. Although floral still lifes were a popular genre throughout Australia at the time, Lahey's handling of brilliant colour was considered exceptional and her paintings were exhibited in southern states from the 1920s to wide acclaim. She continued to produce these delightful floral studies to the end of her career.

The building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge evoked a response from Lahey that can be seen in her images of the construction of the Grey Street Bridge and of Brisbane City Hall, which opened in 1930. Paintings featuring the high-rise buildings and intense construction activity of the time comprise a focus of the display.

The exhibition is drawn from the Gallery's own excellent holdings of work by Vida Lahey and supplemented by works on loan from local public and private collections.

Exhibition brochure
Contact the Gallery Store on 07 3840 7290 to purchase the Vida Lahey exhibition brochure. 

Public Programs

Volunteer-guided tours

11.00am (excluding 24 Dec to 1 Jan and 13 to 23 Jan)

Meet your guide at the Melbourne Street information desk.

Curator's tour
11.30am Thursday 21 October

Tour the exhibition with Glenn Cooke, Research Curator, Queensland Heritage. Free | No bookings necessary. Please meet at the exhibition entrance.

11.30am Wednesday 8 December

Glenn Cooke, Research Curator, Queensland Heritage

Tour for hearing impaired visitors
10.00am Friday 29 October

Assistive listening devices (FM system) are available for visitors with a hearing impairment. As the number of devices is limited, bookings are essential. To book, call the Education Bookings office on (07) 3840 7255 between 8.30am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday or email schoolbookings@qag.qld.gov.au

Auslan-interpreted tour for deaf visitors
3.00pm Sunday 31 October

Meet your guide at the Melbourne Street information desk. No bookings required.

Xstrata Coal Talking Queensland Art Lecture Tour
Vida Lahey: Colour and Modernism
15 October - 12 November 2010

Australian Art curatorial staff will be presenting a series of lectures at 8 regional Queensland venues from September to November this year... Read more

Sponsored by

Xstrata Coal