So, I can share with you my Fifteen Fingers...and a few more. I hope you like some of them. Suggestion: look at the pictures. If you like them, read about them. If not, walk on past...
|Collins Street, 5pm|
|So you wanna be a rock n roll star|
|Rainbow Parrot Costume|
Pioneer of skincare Helena Rubinstein was one of the greatest female entrepreneurs of her time. Born in Poland she immigrated to Australia as a young woman and opened her first beauty salon in Melbounre in 1902, the beginning of her international beauty empire. She later became a voracious collector of jewellery and modern art of which she said 'I am a business woman, I am used to buying in bulk.' Dobell painter Rubinstein during her last visit to Australia in 1957 wearing a Balenciaga gown and magnificant jewels. Dobell's portrait emphasises Rubinstein's presence and dynamic personality which belied her tiny stature of four feet ten inches.
|Helena Rubinstein, who told us |
"There are no ugly women, only lazy ones."
|The Red Hat|
a portrait of Lina Bryans - see next artist
|The Babe is Wise|
portrait of Jean Campbell, author of then recent
novel by the same title.
|Shrimp Fishers at St. Georges, c. 1910 Paris|
Such images of predominantly female figures engaged in leisurely pursuits, Bunny captured the elegance of the Edwardian age that was shattered by the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.
|circa 1910, Melbourne|
The sculptures around the base included an Aboriginal man,
a gold miner
and a shepherd. These pieces reminded me vaguely of all the gold nugget jewellery that was so popular (along with ostrich skin cowboy boots) in Oklahoma during the 1980's oil boom.
|This cabinet caused a stir at the 1880-1|
Melbourne International Exhibition.
|Lovers' Walk, Mount Macedon|
|Circe gets me every time.|
|This is a larger version of the one we saw (and I snapped)|
|In the 18 inch seam, State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi|
|The Cough...stone dust|