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Title

Pan is dead (still life)

1911


Artist

George W Lambert

Russia, Australia

1873 - 1930


About

'Pan is dead (still life)' depicts a sculpted head of Pan beside white gloves and a glass vase filled with white roses. Its literary title evokes notions of mythology and the spiritual force of nature. The painting highlights George W Lambert's interest in the appearance of objects represented in paint as opposed to the reality of those objects. The solid head of Pan and the fragile flowers exemplify his investigation: the sculpted curls of Pan's hair resemble the rose blooms, which have been sharply defined to create this conflict between preception and reality.

The work was painted following Lambert's performance of Pan in the play 'The awakening of Pan' (1909), for which he sculpted a clay head of Pan modelled to his own appearance, adding horns and curls characteristic of the allegorical figure. It is the plaster cast of this clay head that is represented in this painting.


Details


Other Titles

Still life (Pan)

Still Life


Date

1911


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

76.5 x 63.5 cm stretcher; 105.0 x 90.0 x 10.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r., oil "GWL" [monogram]


Credit

Purchased 1952


Location

Not on display


Accession number

8701


Artist information

George W Lambert

Works in the collection

97


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Anne Gray, George W. Lambert retrospective: heros and icons, 'George W. Lambert: exposed', pg. 1-39, Canberra, 2007, 16, 47, 48 (colour illus.), 117 (colour illus.), 129, 212. cat.no. 48

Anne Gray, Art and Artifice: George Lambert (1873-1930), 'Vision and design', pg. 46-57, 1996, 48, 63 (illus.), 203. Generally relevant information, pg. 51-52.

Anne Gray, George Lambert (1873-1930) catalogue raisonné: paintings and sculpture, drawings in public collections, Perth, 1996, 18, 44, 234. cat.no. P140

Anne McLaughlin, People and destiny: George Lambert and Federation, 'People and destiny: George Lambert and Federation', pg. 10-33, Dubbo, 2001, 23-24, 38. titled 'Pan is dead'

Jade Williamson, Look, 'Brought to light: still life from the Australian collection', pg. 22-23, Sydney, Sep 2013, 22 (colour illus.).