(Czechoslovakia, Australia, England 05 Jun 1896 – 02 Mar 1990)
26.6 x 36.4 cm leaf; 26.6 x 37.0 x 0.7 cm closed book; 26.6 x 73.0 cm open book:
a - page 1: (Studies of female figures, heads, lion), ; 26.6 x 36.4 cm
q - loose sheet not from this sketchbook: recto: (Figu; 36.7 x 25 cm
The drawings in this sketchbook were all made between 1939 and 1948 when the artist was resident in Sydney, and is the only extant sketchbook from his Australian period. The drawings include life studies and preliminary ideas or preparatory studies for sculpture, some realized, others not. This was the period when the artist was first experimenting with phenolic resin (an early type of plastic), which ultimately led to his pioneering works in Perspex.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002
Anne Ryan, Look, 'Sydney links London and Bratislava', pg. 19-21, Newtown, Sep 2003, 21 (illus.). One page from sketchbook reproduced, showing three nude female standing figures.
Australian Collection Focus: Paradise then: Arthur Fleischmann in Bali 1937-39, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 May 2007–29 Aug 2007