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An image of Music by Dorrit Black

Dorrit Black

(Australia 23 Dec 1891 – 13 Sep 1951)

Title
Music
Year
(1927)
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour linocut, printed in colour from five blocks on thin cream laid tissue
Edition
13/50
Dimensions

24.1 x 21.3 cm image; 31.1 x 24.6 cm sheet;

Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner within image, pencil "D.B". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1976
Accession number
217.1976
Location
Not on display
Further information

Inspired by a jazz night at the Dominion Arts Club, London, Black has placed dancing figures and pianist amidst a dynamic, zigzagging pattern of lines and earthy colour to evoke the lively beat of the ‘new’ music. 'Music' is one of Black’s earliest prints, made while studying at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art under Claude Flight. It was shown at the first exhibition of linocuts to be held at London’s Redfern Gallery in 1929.

Bibliography (14)

Roger Arthur Butler and Chris Deutscher, A survey of Australian relief prints 1900/1950, Armadale, 1978, 92 (illus.). edition 10/50; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Roger Arthur Butler, Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955, Canberra, 2007, 205. NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 16 (colour illus.).

Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the machine age: Claude Flight and the Grosvenor school, 'The Australians: Dorrit Black, Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme', pg. 65-68, England, 1995, (colour illus.), 66, 152 (illus.). plate no. 31; cat.no. DB I; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Deborah Edwards and Denise Mimmocchi, Look, ‘Sydney Moderns’, pg. 24-28, Newtown, Jun 2013, 24 (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Daphne Wallace, Margo Neale, Victoria Lynn and Sandra Byron, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1995. no catalogue numbers; not paginated

Renée Free, Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1994.

Jane Hylton, Modern Australian women: paintings & prints 1925-1945, 'Modern Australian Women', pg. 14-27, Adelaide, 2000, 25 (colour illus.), 57, 121. Collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia

Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Making Sydney modern: the artistic shaping of the postwar city', pg. 66-85, Sydney, 2013, 79.

Susannah Smith, Look, 'Women's work: their diverse and significant contribution to the modernist art scene', pg. 13-15, Newtown, Aug 2013, 14.

Helen Topliss, Modernism and Feminism Australian Women Artists 1900-1940, Sydney, 1996, 142 (colour illus.), 145. Collection of the National Gallery of Australia

Maria (Connie) Tornatore-Loong, Japan in Sydney: Professor Sadler & modernism, 1920-30s, 'The remarkable Professor Sadler: Japan, Sydney and Australian modernism', pg.7-49, Sydney, 2011, 28, 35 (colour illus.), 136. cat.no. 19

Anna Waldmann, Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982. no catalogue numbers; not paginated

Unknown (Editor), Sun, 'Art & linoleum cut out pictures with umbrella ribs', pg. 8, Sydney, 16 Mar 1930, 8 (colour illus.). author unknown

Exhibition history (8)

Art Deco and works from the period (1980), S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 16 Jun 1980–14 Jul 1980

Project 39 - Women's Imprint (1982), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Oct 1982–31 Oct 1982

Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Jul 1994–25 Sep 1994

Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995

Art Deco: from Sydney cinemas and pubs to skyscrapers, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 12 Jun 1999–05 Sep 1999

Australian Collection Focus: Colour, Rhythm, Design - wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Mar 2010–11 Jul 2010

Professor Sadler, Japan and Australian modernism, University Art Gallery, University of Sydney, Camperdown, 03 Apr 2011–24 Jul 2011

Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013