• Portraits: Margaret Olley

Portraits: Margaret Olley



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Margaret Olley once joked that people liked to paint her portrait because she had "a face like a pudding and it's easy to draw."

Her humorous response came after friend and biographer Christine France asked why Olley thought she was such a popular portrait subject for fellow artists. 

Margaret Olley is the most painted face in Australian art history and many of the best examples are included in a new publication, Portraits: Margaret Olley, featuring many influential artists who painted her.

As a fledgling artist aged 25, Olley sat for friend and fellow artist William Dobell, hurtling the shy young woman into a media frenzy when the portrait won the 1948 Archibald Prize. More than six decades later, Olley was again the subject of an Archibald Prize winning portrait; this time by Ben Quilty in 2011. Olley's remarkable career is bookended by these iconic portraits.

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