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Constance Stokes (1906-1991) was one of the leading artists of her generation. This retrospective brings together work from her early days as an art student at the National Gallery Art School, in the late 1920s, through to paintings made in the early 1980s.The exhibition will include over 35 paintings and drawings and cover the breadth of Stokes’s artistic practice across 60 years, exploring her stylistic development, use of colour and portraiture.The exhibition will focus on the three key phases in Stokes’s practice: early, mid and late career. In 1929 Constance won the Travelling Scholarship at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, to study for two years at the Royal Academy in London. Constance spent a period studying under the French Cubist artist André Lhote in Paris and visited the major galleries in Europe. Her early career is shaped through her struggle to be an artist alongside expectations of marriage and family life.