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Title

Watersprites

(1930-1931)


Artist

Dorrit Black

Australia

23 Dec 1891 - 13 Sep 1951


About

Black's linocuts reveal a great diversity of approaches and reflect her interest in experimenting with technique. This evocation of mythical water creatures contrasts with her other works shown here, in drawing upon the imagination for its subject and in reducing the forms to near-abstract, rhythmic patterns.


Details


Date

(1930-1931)


Media category

Print


Materials used

linocut, printed in colour from three blocks on thin ivory laid tissue


Edition

7/50


Dimensions

18.6 x 28.0 cm blockmark (irreg.); 23.4 x 32.7 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner beneath blockmark, pencil "... Dorrit Black". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1976


Location

Not on display


Accession number

220.1976


Artist information

Dorrit Black

Works in the collection

16


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Helen Campbell, Look, 'Colour, rhythm and design: Wood and lino cuts from a time of great creative vitality', pg. 13-15, Sydney, Feb 2010, 14 (colour illus.).

Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 18 (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, 155 (illus.). cat.no. DB 13; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Tracey Lock-Weir., Dorrit Black: unseen forces, 'The modern medium: colour linocuts', Adelaide, 2014, 154-5 (colour illus.). 156, 201 (cat. entry). NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Helen Topliss, Modernism and Feminism Australian Women Artists 1900-1940, 'Dorrit Black and British Modernism', pg. 143-149, Sydney, 1996, 147 (colour illus.), 148. Collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia