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Title

Translucent

(circa 1951)


Artist

Margo Lewers

Australia

23 Apr 1908 - 20 Feb 1978


About

'Translucent' demonstrates Margo Lewers’ sophisticated use of colour and her commitment to geometric abstraction. It highlights her preoccupation with light, particularly as a means of exploring issues of depth and spatial ambiguities. These concerns led her, around 1971, to create a series of brilliantly coloured plexiglass sculptures which explored the reflections of movement, colour, form and shadow, induced by light.

Lewers studied in London in 1934, where she was influenced by leading abstract artists including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson. Upon her return to Sydney she became active, with sculptor-husband Gerald Lewers, in the Sydney branch of the Contemporary Art Society of Australia, which was committed to the propagation of modernist ideas.


Details


Date

(circa 1951)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on hardboard


Dimensions

40.6 x 66.0 cm board; 56.0 x 81.2 x 2.4 cm frame :

sight; 39.7 x 64.7 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, incised "MARGO LEWERS". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1954


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9059


Artist information

Margo Lewers

Works in the collection

9


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Pamela Bell, Margo Lewers Retrospective, Sydney, 2002. cat.no. 5; dated c.1951; not paginated

Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Orban Studio: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Sydney, 1961. cat.no. 87; Kindly lent by the Art Gallery of N.S.W.; not paginated

Glenbrook School of Arts, Third Annual Australian Arts and crafts exhibition (1964), Blue Mountains, 1964. no catalogue number