Louisa Swan

Louisa Jane Swan (1860955), mostly self-taught plein air landscape painter. Born in Hobart, Swan was of paramount importance for the development and promotion of art in Tasmania. On an 188384 visit to Melbourne she learned about interstate art societies mounting annual exhibitions with prizes and sales opportunities.

Upon her return, with artist Maria Evans she founded the Tasmanian Art Association, later the Art Society of Tasmania. She regularly exhibited and held various administrative positions, and in 1901 was elected an honorary life member. She had by then also inspired the 1893 formation of the Launceston Art Society. During the 1890s she was instrumental in persuading major mainland artists, notably Albert Henry Fullwood, to exhibit with the Societies. Louisa's style of pale colours, a high horizon line and a square brush technique, closely resembles Fullwood's style.

Christa E Johannes