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An image of The model (nude) by Bernard Hall
Alternate image of The model (nude) by Bernard Hall Alternate image of The model (nude) by Bernard Hall Alternate image of The model (nude) by Bernard Hall
Alternate image of The model (nude) by Bernard Hall Alternate image of The model (nude) by Bernard Hall Alternate image of The model (nude) by Bernard Hall
Alternate image of The model (nude) by Bernard Hall Alternate image of The model (nude) by Bernard Hall

Bernard Hall

(Australia 1859 – 1935)

Title
The model (nude)
Other titles:
The model
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

114.0 x 63.7

Signature & date
Signed u.l. corner, "B. Hall". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1910
Accession number
636
Location
Not on display
Further information

Lindsay Bernard Hall was born at Liverpool, England, in 1859 and studied at the Royal College of Art in London and at the Antwerp and Munich Academies. He arrived in Melbourne in 1892.

Hall was appointed Director of the National Gallery of Victoria and its Art School, where he continued the Munich traditions established there by his predecessors George Follingsby and Eugen von Guérard.

His purchases for the Gallery under the terms of the Felton Bequest were both liberal and perceptive and included the masterpiece 'Boulevard Montmartre, Morning, Cloudy Weather' by Pissarro, selected from an exhibition of the artist's work held at London's Grafton Galleries in 1905.

In his own practice, Hall's preferred subjects were nudes, still lifes and interiors, of which his home provided numerous views for the artist to paint. A similar painting, which also shows the distinctive mirror hanging on the wall in 'Chez-moi', is in the collection of the University of Melbourne, titled 'Dining room interior', and dated circa 1910-19.

Hall was a member of the Victorian Artists' Society and regular exhibitor at the Society from 1893.

Bernard Hall died in England in 1935.

Bibliography (3)

Patricia Fullerton, Hugh Ramsay 1877-1906, Melbourne, 1992, 26 (illus.).

Ursula Prunster, Seeing is believing: the art in photography, 'The nude & photography', Sydney, 1985. cat.no. 2; not paginated

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 84. cat.no. 241; titled 'The model'

Exhibition history (1)

Seeing is believing - the art in photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1985–19 Jan 1986