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Collection

Napier Waller

(Australia 19 Jun 1893 – 30 Mar 1972)

Title
The Basilidians
Other titles:
The Bartilidians
Year
circa 1926
Media category
Watercolour
Materials used
watercolour
Dimensions

35.6 x 63.8 cm

Credit
Purchased 1987
Accession number
463.1987
Location
Not on display
Further information

The title of this work refers to the followers of Basilides, a second-century Gnostic Christian religious teacher in Alexandria, Egypt. Inspired by Waller's interest in theosophy and other religious and mystical teachings, the meaning of the picture is obscure.

Bibliography (2)

Heather Johnson, Aspects of Art Deco in Australia: Sunrise over the Pacific, 'Art Deco art', pg. 96-105, St Leonards, 2001, 99 (colour illus.), 100. plate no. 114

Deborah Edwards, Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art, 'The New Greece / 'Delos of a coming Sun-god's race'', pg. 31-54, Sydney, Sep 1989, 37 (colour illus.), 52, 65.

Exhibition history (1)

Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art 1890's-1930's, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Oct 1989–26 Nov 1989