Rainy day 1930
oil on canvas on board
Clarice Beckett studied at the National Gallery School under Frederick McCubbin before becoming a pupil at Max Meldrum’s art school where the tonal principles of Rembrandt, Velázquez and Corot were championed.
Beckett preferred to work en plein air—wheeling a cart packed with paints and easel about the streets of her bayside home in Beaumaris—to capture the modern world. She developed a distinctly atmospheric style, rendering seemingly everyday scenes such as this Melbourne streetscape in a loose painterly style and reduced tonal palette.