Mary Cockburn Mercer (1882-1963) Australia

Biographical Information

Born in 1882 to Australian parents while her mother was on a visit to Scotland, Mary Mercer studied in Paris living as a bohemian artist. She is believed to have studied with Picasso and Chagall between 1900 and 1922. She lived in Tahiti for some years, then moved to Guam where she met Ian Fairweather. Mercer returned to Melbourne in 1938, associating with George Bell, William Frater, Lina Bryans and Arnold Shore. In 1942 she exhibited at the Contemporary Art Society in Melbourne. Mercer moved to France in 1953 and died there in 1963. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Portrait of a Dancer
Highest Price:
Portrait of a Dancer
Oil on canvas, 94.5 x 66 cm
The Estate of Jennifer Phipps (Art lots only), Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings156A$16,120 N/A
Works on Paper32A$1,680 N/A

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