Agnes Noyes Goodsir (1864 – 1939) A Lesbian Painter

The Parisienne by Agnes Goodsir
The Parisienne by Agnes Goodsir

Painting by Agnes Goodsir
Painting by Agnes Goodsir

Girl on couch by Agnes Goodsir, 1915
Girl on couch by Agnes Goodsir, 1915

Agnes Noyes Goodsir (1864 – 1939)

Girl With A Cigarette by Agnes Goodsir Agnes Noyes Goodsir, born in Australia was encouraged to go to Paris to study paintings in 1899 by her family. She remained there until 1905. Returning to Europe in 1906 she settled in London. There she met ‘Cherry [aka the divorcee Mrs Rachel Dunn] became Agnes’ artist’s model, close companion and the dominant subject of later works. Agnes and Cherry settled in Paris. Agnes’ career developed, especially in portraiture. In 1926 she was the third Australian to be elected to the Salon Nationale des Beaux Arts (after Rupert Bunny and Bessie Davidson), an important accolade. In 1927 Agnes returned to Australia for nine months to much fanfare and at the peak of her career. She then went back to Paris where she remained for the rest of her life with her beloved Cherry. Agnes died in 1939, Rachel in 1950. They are buried in the same grave outside Paris.’ (Quote from article by Peter Di Sciascio)

Above right: Girl With A Cigarette by Agnes Goodsir

 

Painter Agnes Noyes Goodsir an Australian Lesbian in Paris

Agnes Noyes Goodsir (1864 – 1939)

Agnes Noyes Goodsir was born in Australia. From 1912 – 1920 she lived in Paris and London, before she finally settled in Paris with her companion Rachel Dunn. She has made several paintings of Rachel such as A letter from the Front / Girl on couch 1915 (0:24), Girl with Cigarette 1925 (0:41), The Letter 1926 (0:14), Morning Tea 1925 and The Chinese Skirt 1933 (0:18). Agnes left all her paintings to Rachel when she died in 1939. Rachel sent some 40 of them back to Australia.

(Notice that the above slideshow includes some of Agnes’ paintings of Rachel.)

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Paintings by Agnes Noyes Goodsir including: The Chinese Skirt 1933