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Venus no 1



Justin O'Brien

Australia, Italy

02 Aug 1917 - 17 Jan 1996




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


69.1 x 49.4 cm stretcher; 82.0 x 62.0 x 5.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed u.l. corner, brown oil "O'BRIEN". Not dated.


Purchased 1988


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Justin O'Brien

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


Australian Galleries, Melbourne, Justin O'Brien, Melbourne, 1988. 1

Elizabeth Cross, The Naked and the Nude, Ballarat, 2008.

Christine France, Justin O'Brien: image and icon, Sydney, 1997, 153 (illus.), 169. figure no. 23

Anne Loxley, Modern muses: classical mythology in Australian art 1940-1989, Sydney, 1989. 18

Ewen McDonald, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 86 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The enduring image', pg. 265-266, Sydney, 2000, 268 (colour illus.), 301.

Savill Galleries [Sydney], Australian paintings, Sydney, Summer 2004. 28; this is a study for the painting 'Venus No. 1' and is reproduced in colour

Ted Snell, The Australian, 'The pilgrim who refuses to leave the shrine', pg. 10, Sydney, 17 Aug 1988, 10.

Sotheby's Australia (Compilator), Sotheby's Australia - Fine Australian and International Paintings, Drawings, Woollahra, May 2001, 38. lot no. 20; this is a study for the painting 'Venus No. 1' and is reproduced in colour on pg. 39

Natalie Wilson, Justin O'Brien: the sacred music of colour, 'Justin O'Brien and the art of transfiguration', pg. 23-145, Sydney, 2010, 144, 150 (colour illus.), 160, 169. 91

Natalie Wilson, Justin O'Brien catalogue supplement, Sydney, 2010, 36. 91