Dora MeesonBorn: 1869
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria
Notes: Dora Meeson studied in Australia at the National Gallery School (NGV), at the Slade School in London and in Paris at the Academie Julian.
Like many artists of her time, the call of England and Europe was keenly felt. Streeton, Conder, Roberts (originally English), Carrick Fox, Russell, the list goes on, all went to learn, but more importantly share the new ideas and camaraderie which a larger more diverse community of artists would provide.
Married to another artist, George Coates, Dora returned to Australia several times to hold exhibitions and maintain contact, but always returned to London, her home. Her work is represented in all State and National Galleries, many regional galleries and in the London War Museum and regional galleries in England.
The Benalla Art Gallery collection has quite a strong component of works painted by Australian artists whilst abroad, and often these are of subjects which distinctly indicate location and seasonal preference.
Florence has for centuries been a centre for the study of the Renaissance movement, and just below the old Town Hall of Florence, seen here as the cream tower structure is the copy of Michelangelo's David.
The building on the right of the tower is the Uffizi Gallery, home to one of the greatest collections of art, much of it collected or commissioned centuries ago by the Medici family and other Florentian families.
Picture of the Month Sept. '11