|Leaving Adelaide with Margaret Preston in 1904 for Genoa, Italy, Bessie Davidson (1879 - 1965) spent three years in Europe before returning in 1907 to hold a joint exhibition with her travelling partner. Drawn to Paris in 1910, Davidson settled, becoming vice president of the New Salon and a foundation member of the Salon des Tuileries. After serving with the French in World War I, she continued to travel--to places such as Russia, Morocco, and Scotland--and was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1931. After the Second World War, Davidson made more frequent travels to South Australia and became known for her French-inspired landscape and still life paintings. Her work appeared in South Australian Women Artists: 1890s to 1940s, and is held by the Art Gallery of South Australia; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Luxembourg, Paris; and Rouen Gallery, France.|
REF: McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Miegunyah Press, 2006, p. 367.