Time and Tide
1945 — 1946
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The paintings in Time and Tide — The Story in Pictures of Roebuck Bay N.W Australia Elizabeth Durack's first exhibition, were produced over an eight month period (October 1945—May 1946) when the artist was based in Broome, Western Australia. In some 100 works she created paintings from direct observation, imagination and research that reflect the pearling town's past and present.
- Broome Madonna
- oil on board
- 100 x 80 cm
- exhibited: Museum and Art Gallery of WA, Perth (August 1946); The Athenaeum Gallery, Melbourne (December 1946); David Jones Gallery, Sydney (Jan–Feb 1947)
- private collection
- The original title of this painting was Halfcaste Woman and catalogue notes describe it ' ... as a symbol of the coloured people of the North ... in her face lies sublime acceptance and within her reposes the future of the North'.
In later years Elizabeth Durack revealed the work could be read as a self-portrait. It was in Broome, immediately post-war that Elizabeth broke irrevocably from the comfortable position of collaborator and illustrator of her sister, Mary Durack's writings and set forth on a life as an independent artist. At the time, pregnant with ideas, aspirations and possibilities were — or seemed — limitless.