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An image of Mother and child by Margel Hinder

Margel Hinder

(Australia 04 Jan 1906 – 29 May 1995)

Mother and child
Media category
Materials used
wood (ironbark)

125.5 x 38.0 x 38.0 cm figure; 23.5 x 22.0 cm base (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1994
Accession number
© Margel Hinder Estate
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

Arriving from the United States in 1934 with her Australian partner, Frank Hinder, this prolific sculptor was well-versed in contemporary international developments in art. In Sydney she studied with Eleanore Lange, a German-born artist-teacher, and began experimenting with local timbers and stone. Mother and child shows how quickly she accommodated Australian materials, and a certain Australian robustness as well. Though strongly influenced by English sculpture of the interwar period, especially that of Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein, Hinder's truer inspiration came from her interest in vitalist philosophies and theories. The self-contained poise of this image soon gave way to a restlessness more resonant of modern times.

Art Gallery Handbook 1999

Bibliography (8)

Ian Cornford, The sculpture of Margel Hinder, 'List of illustrations', pg. 6-7, Willoughby, 2013, 6, 50, 53 (colour illus.), 54, 62, 156.

Deutscher-Menzies Fine Art, 19th & 20th century Fine Australian and International Art: Fine Art auction 20 & 21 August 2001 Melbourne, Melbourne, 2001, 112. lot no. 77, 'Man with Jackhammer', 1939, cedar relief, 62.5 x 54.5 x 3.5cm. Reference to 'Exhibition I' and Hinder's 'Mother and child' in the Gallery's collection.

Dinah Dysart, Art and Australia (Vol. 29, No. 3), 'A productive partnership: Frank & Margel Hinder interviewed', pg. 338-345, Sydney, Autumn 1992, 342 (illus.). 'Mother and child', 1939, ironbark, Private collection

Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Moderns', pg. 103-104, Sydney, 2000, 134 (colour illus.), 301.

Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Margel Hinder's 'Mother and Child': A Major New Acquisition', pg. 14, 18., Heidelberg, Apr 1995, 14 (illus.), 18.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 146 (colour illus.).

Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Towards the abstract: the art of Exhibition 1', pg. 270-271, Sydney, 2013, 270, 271 (colour illus.), 314, 322.

Natalie Wilson, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Grace Crowley / Ralph Balson / Frank Hinder / Margel Hinder', pg. 88-103, Sydney, 2002, 92, 101 (colour illus.), 144, 147.

Exhibition history (4)

Frank and Margel Hinder 1930-1980, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jun 1980–13 Jul 1980

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

Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003

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