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Souter was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship in 1958 and painted Chioggia that year. Already her work is characterized by a strong sense of individuality. Not liking the texture of canvas, she worked in a variety of media on paper laid on board. This work shows a transition that perhaps gestures towards certain innovations of Fontana in his Gessi or chalk works where he sought to develop new forms in art appropriate to the contemporary age.

MediumOil and aluminium on paper laid on board
Dimensions 40 x 60 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift by the Bank of Ireland from the Bank of Ireland collection, 2008
Item NumberIMMA.2619
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Camille Souter, Chioggia, 1958, Oil and aluminium on paper laid on board, 40 x 60 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift by the Bank of Ireland from the Bank of Ireland collection, 2008

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Camille Souter 1929–2023

Camille Souter trained as a nurse before taking up painting in the mid 1950s. Though abstract in appearance, her paintings are based within reality and the everyday. Souter exhibited extensively since the 1960s, including major retrospectives at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, in 1980, and the Ulster Museum, Belfast, in 2000. Souter received the IMMA Glen Dimplex award for contribution to visual arts in Ireland in 2000. She was a member of the RHA and was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 2009.

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