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Title

Hospital theme - the sterilizer

1942


Artist

Eric Wilson

Australia

05 Jan 1911 - 23 Nov 1946


About

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.


Details


Date

1942


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on hardboard


Dimensions

81.3 x 47.0 cm board; 95.0 x 59.8 x 6.7 cm frame :

0 - Whole; 81 x 46 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION


Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, red oil "Eric Wilson". Dated l.l. corner, pencil "42".


Credit

Purchased 1945


Accession number

7577


Artist information

Eric Wilson

Artist profile

Works in the collection

66


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Sue Cramer and Lesley Harding, Cubism & Australian art, 'Re-picturing the Modern World 1940-1949', pg. 109-143, Carlton, 2009, 127, 129 (colour illus.).

Craig Lilienthal, Journal of the Medical Defence Union, Sydney, 1995, front cover (illus.).

George Palmer and Stephanie Short, Health care and public policy: an Australian analysis, South Yarra, 2000, front cover (colour illus.).

Andrew Sayers, Eric Wilson, Newcastle, 1983, 52 (illus.). cat.no. 50

Fourth Annual Exhibition: Contemporary Art Society, Sydney, 1942. cat.no. 119; priced 30 gns