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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
Not on display
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