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An image of Hospital theme - the sterilizer by Eric Wilson
Alternate image of Hospital theme - the sterilizer by Eric Wilson Alternate image of Hospital theme - the sterilizer by Eric Wilson Alternate image of Hospital theme - the sterilizer by Eric Wilson
Alternate image of Hospital theme - the sterilizer by Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson

(Australia 05 Jan 1911 – 23 Nov 1946)

Title
Hospital theme - the sterilizer
Year
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
Location
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

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.

Bibliography (5)

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

Exhibition history (2)

Eric Wilson:

Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013