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An image of Sketchbook by Arthur Fleischmann An image of Sketchbook by Arthur Fleischmann An image of Sketchbook by Arthur Fleischmann An image of Sketchbook by Arthur Fleischmann

Arthur Fleischmann

(Czechoslovakia, Australia, England 05 Jun 1896 – 02 Mar 1990)

Title
Sketchbook
Year
circa 1939-circa 1948
Media categories
Sketchbook, Drawing
Materials used
bound sketchbook: 15 bound leaves and 2 loose leaves, 17 drawings, pencil on cream wove paper
Dimensions

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

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2002
Accession number
197.2002.a-q
Copyright
© Reproduced with permission of the Arthur Fleischmann Foundation
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (1)

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.

Exhibition history (1)

Australian Collection Focus: Paradise then: Arthur Fleischmann in Bali 1937-39, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 May 2007–29 Aug 2007