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An image of Cawan and Sadri hairdressing by Arthur Fleischmann

Arthur Fleischmann

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

Cawan and Sadri hairdressing
Other titles:
Djawan and Sadri hairdressing
Djavan and Sadri hairdressing
Place of origin
(circa 1938-circa 1939)
Media category
Materials used
terracotta maquette

25.5 x 16.2 x 12.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mrs Jane Ash 1992
Accession number
© Reproduced with permission of the Arthur Fleischmann Foundation
Not on display
Further information

The models for this composition were the Balinese Legong dancers, Cawan and Sadri, cousins who trained together from the age of five.

The artist wrote of the dancers, 'because of their training and performances take up so much time and because the arranging of the performances and the transports to other villages are difficult if they are separated, Sadri was adopted by Cawan's father. They live together and can hardly ever be seen without each other'.

Of this sculpture Fleischmann notes, 'This terracotta shows a very typical attitude of the Balinese girls who, sitting on the steps of their Kampung entrances, are doing each others coiffures after gaving hunted through one another's head'.

Fleischmann created a number of small plaster, wax and terracotta maquettes depicting the Balinese dancers Cawan and Sadri. A bronze sculpture, cast in 1939, 'Hairdressing in Bali' is in the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, and depicts the dancers in the same intimate composition.

Bibliography (3)

Joanna Barnes Fine Arts, Bali through a sculptor's eyes: Arthur Fleischmann 1896-1990, St. James's, 1994, 18-19. cat.nos. 7, 8, and 9 are similar sculptures of the dancers Djavan and Sadri, which Fleischmann produced between 1937 and 1939 while living in Bali.

Tatlock Miller, Catalogue for the Inaugural Exhibition by the Merioola Group of Sydney, Melbourne, 1947. possibly 2; titled 'Hairdressing'; priced 80 gns.

Anne Ryan, Look, 'Sydney links London and Bratislava', pg. 19-21, Newtown, Sep 2003, 19 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Fleischmann, Mayo, Dadswell 1946, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 1946–1946

Inaugural Exhibition by the Merioola Group of Sydney (1947):

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