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Title

The strike's aftermath


Artist

Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo

Australia

1870 - 1955


About

The British National Coal Strike of 1912, in which coal miners fought to obtain a minimum wage, inspired similar campaigns across Australia and New Zealand. Social realist painter Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo drew on these turbulent times in this portrayal of a dispirited miner, seated with the Labor Party newspaper, The Worker, at his feet, his unused pick and shovel leaning against the bare wall.

Undoubtedly one of the most innovative and charismatic teachers in Sydney during the first decades of the 20th century, Dattilo-Rubbo is recognised for his leading role in the development of modernism in Australia.


Details


Date

1913


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

121.6 x 91.4 cm stretcher; 140.5 x 110.5 x 8.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "A Dattilo-Rubbo/ ... 1913".


Credit

Purchased 1913


Accession number

640


Artist information

Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo

Works in the collection

16


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Jean Campbell, Cav. Antonio Dattilo-Rubb : painter and teacher and some prominent pupils, 'Introduction', pg. 4-22, Sydney, 1980, 23, 29. cat.no. 3

Emma Collerton, Australian Collection Focus: Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, 'Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo', pg. 2-5, Sydney, 2011, 10 (colour illus.).

Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Royal Art Society of New South Wales 34th annual exhibition (1913), Sydney, 1913. cat.no. 53; price: 100 gns

Daniel Thomas (Editor) and Ron Radford (Assistant Co-ordinator), Creating Australia: 200 years of art 1788-1988, Melbourne, 1988, 149 (colour illus.).

J.F. Williams', Art and Australia, 'Modernism & the lost generation', pg. 52-57, Sydney, Spring 1991, 55 (colour illus.).