(Australia 05 Jan 1911–23 Nov 1946)
81.3 x 47.0cm board; 95.0 x 59.8 x 6.7cm frame:
0 - Whole; 81 x 46cm; SIGHT DIMENSION
At the time this painting was created, Eric Wilson was working as a ward attendant at Sydney’s Lidcombe State Hospital. Drawing inspiration from his surroundings, the subject of this painting is an autoclave – a machine that heats liquids above boiling point to obtain sterilisation. Instead of portraying the machine from a single vantage point, Wilson has embraced cubist theories which attempted to convey three-dimensional objects from several angles at once.
In his later career, Wilson championed cubism in both his teaching and exhibited works, such as 'Hospital theme – the sterilizer', which was shown at the fourth annual Contemporary Art Society exhibition in 1942.
Sue Cramer (Author), Lesley Harding (Australia) (Author), Cubism & Australian art, Carlton, 2009, 127, 129 (colour illus.).
Health care and public policy: an Australian analysis 2000, 2000, front cover (colour illus.).
Journal of the Medical Defence Union 1995, 1995, front cover (illus.).
Andrew Sayers (Australia, b.1957) (Author), Eric Wilson, Newcastle, 1983, 52 (illus.). cat.no. 50
Fourth Annual Exhibition: Contemporary Art Society, Sydney, 1942. cat.no. 119; priced 30 gns
Eric Wilson, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, 29 Jul 1983–28 Aug 1983.
Eric Wilson, Banyule Gallery, 16 Sep 1983–16 Oct 1983.
Eric Wilson, Queensland Art Gallery, 04 Nov 1983–04 Dec 1983.