A member of the Australian Tonalism movement,
Clarice Beckett is known for her landscapes of the
Australian Coast. Beckett often painted in the early morning or in the evening, in order to capture an atmospheric quality. She also amplified natural effects such as fog, rain, and sunsets. The Australian Tonalism movement focused on representing the tones and colors of a scene, rather than a trompe l’oeil depiction. Because the tones are so reduced, some of Beckett’s paintings lean into abstraction, even though the tonalism movement rejected modernism.