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An image of Acrobat by George Baldessin

George Baldessin

(Italy, Australia 1939 – 09 Aug 1978)

Title
Acrobat
Place of origin
MelbourneVictoriaAustralia
Year
1964
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching, aquatint, printed in black ink on ivory wove paper
Edition
1/10
Dimensions

29.7 x 30.2 cm platemark; 56.9 x 37.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "G Baldessin 64".
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
DA10.1965
Copyright
© Estate of George Baldessin
Location
Not on display
Further information

George Baldessin was one of a select number of Australian sculptors and printmakers notable for their inventiveness, influence and prolific output. After studying in London, then Milan, where he came under the tutelage of Marino Marini, he became influential as a teacher in Melbourne in the 1960s and 70s, unconstrained by tradition and refusing to become overly consumed by technique. His distinctive visual vocabulary of elegant, distorted figures in fluid, abstract space developed from early images of circus performers and later came to embrace nudes, urban imagery and a personal iconography of objects such as fruit, banquet tables and windows.