(United Kingdom, Australia 1894–1937)
114.5 x 33.0 x 21.0cm
In Hoff's artistic practice, the body became the primary metaphor for a modern Australian identity, based on the classical perfections of the ancient Greek model, and imaged as a virile product of the nation’s outdoor environment. Australian Venus exemplifies Hoff’s ‘national body’. It presents the figure as a classically fragmented yet sensualised, naturalistic form, and imbued with a sexual tension with which Hoff defined the entire path of his sculptural oeuvre.
Elizabeth Cross (Australia, b.1943) (Author), The Naked and the Nude, Ballarat, 2008, 23, 89 (colour illus.), 133.
Isobel Crombie (Australia) (Author), Body culture: Max Dupain, photography and Australian culture, 1919-1939, Mulgrave, 2004, 118, 119 (colour illus.), 120.
Barry Pearce (Australia) (Author), Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, Domain, 2002, 64 (colour illus.), 65, 69, 144, 147.
Deborah Edwards (Australia) (Author), 'This vital flesh': the sculpture of Rayner Hoff and his school, Domain, 1999, 31, 33 (colour illus.), 34, 38-39, 102. cat.no. 22
Deborah Edwards (Australia) (Author), Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art, Domain, Sep 1989, 40 (illus.), 65.
'"This vital flesh": the 1920s sculpture of Rayner Hoff' by Deborah Edwards, pg. 62-68., Art and Australia (Vol. 24, No. 1) Spring 1986, Spring 1986, 63 (illus.), 65.
Sculpture of Rayner Hoff: Memorial Exhibition, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, 19 May 1938–04 Jun 1938.
Celebrity Choice - Sam Neill, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 08 Jan 1987–08 Feb 1987.
Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art 1890's-1930's, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 19 Oct 1989–26 Nov 1989.
'This vital flesh': the sculpture of Rayner Hoff and his school, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 26 Nov 1999–16 Jan 2000.
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003.
The naked and the nude, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, 13 Sep 2008–07 Dec 2008.