(Czechoslovakia, Australia, England 05 Jun 1896 – 02 Mar 1990)
Czech Republic born Fleischmann was in this country for a short period, but his influence on the development of early modern Australian sculpture was significant. He arrived in Sydney in 1939 after travel studies through Europe, South America and Indonesia, and became ensconced at Merioola, the celebrated community of internationalist-inspired painters, sculptors and photographers based in the Edgecliffe mansion of the same name.
This terracotta sculpture is typical of Fleischmann's early Sydney work, when subjects from his Balinese travels in the late 1930s continued to inspire his practice. The arabesque formation of the figure is also evident on the influences of his Viennese period, with the unusual truncation of the bust suggesting his attention to German sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881-1919). While referring to the classical foundations of Fleischmann's practice, the work is indicative of his modern stylisation of gesture and movement, creating the aesthetic of elongated figurative forms for which he is best renowned.
Joanna Barnes Fine Arts, Bali through a sculptor's eyes: Arthur Fleischmann 1896-1990, St. James's, 1994, front cover (illus.), 20.
Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Australian art illustrated, Sydney, 1947. plate no. 53
Bali through a sculptor's eyes: Arthur Fleischmann 1896-1990, Joanna Barnes Fine Arts, St. James's, 05 Oct 1994–05 Dec 1994