PHILLIPS FOX EXHIBITION.
An event of importance in the history of Art in Australia is the collection of pictures by the late E. Phillips Fox, which is to be exhibited at the Fine Art Society's Gallery, 100 Exhibition street, and which will be opened formally by Sir Baldwin Spencer at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The col- lection will be on view for a few days, and will then be disposed of by public auction on May 11 and 12. E. Phillips Fox was one of the most gifted of the early school of Australian painters, working at the same memorable period as Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, and Charles Conder, who were all so closely connected at Heidelberg. Later Phillips Fox left Australia and lived and painted for many years in Paris, mak- ing occasional visits to Brittany and Morocco. Eventually he became a painter of groups of figures, nude studies in sun- light, and mastered the difficult problem of painting interiors of rooms with figures in lamplight, following the best traditions
of the modern French school. For his works of this class he was awarded the gold medal, Paris Salon, the only Austra- lian artist to gain this award, and had his work accepted and hung in the Luxem- burg Gallery, Paris. Phillips Fox is well represented in the National Galleries of Melbourno, Sydney, and Adelaide. This exhibition will contain Phillips Fox's finest works in portraiture, large groups of figures, studies of the nude aud numerous fine landscapes and seascapes, all painted during his best period.