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Title

(Untitled)


Artist

Robert Klippel

Australia, United States of America

19 Jun 1920 - 19 Jun 2001


About

Robert Klippel's extraordinary oeuvre of sculptures was matched by an equally remarkable body of drawings, watercolours and collages. Notable for their inventiveness and diversity, Klippel's drawings were an essential accompaniment to his practice as a sculptor. The drawings were the synthesis of abstract forms on paper while similarly, his sculptures were the resolution of disparate objects in a cumulative assemblage.

This drawing was made while Klippel was living in Paris between 1949-50, a time when he consciously strove to develop his drawing practice beyond the mere notation of sculptural ideas. He made hundreds of drawings and watercolours during this period, firstly in a Surrealist vein that developed, over April and May 1950, into a new group of works that incorporated additional influences including Tachism and Abstract Expressionism.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004


Details


Other Title

Drawing


Date

1950


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pen and ink, watercolour on paper


Dimensions

36.9 x 27.9 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., ink "RK" and dated l.r., watercolour "4/50".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1970


Location

Not on display


Accession number

DA30.1970


Artist information

Robert Klippel

Works in the collection

204


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Deborah Edwards, Robert Klippel, 'Chance and instuition: Paris 1949-50', pg. 52-73, Sydney, 2002, 55, 69 (colour illus.), 255. titled 'Untitled'

Andrew Frost, Conquest of space: science fiction and contemporary art, 'The engine of experience: contemporary art and SF', pg. 5-7, Sydney, 2014, 7, 36 (colour illus.), 43.

James Gleeson, Robert Klippel, 'A wave of drawings: Paris 1949-50', pg. 71-122, Kensington, 1983, 108 (colour illus.). P 45