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An image of Abstraction by Ralph Balson

Ralph Balson

(Australia 12 Aug 1890 – 1964)

Media category
Materials used
oil on hardboard

60.7 x 90.2 cm board; 63.5 x 93.4 x 3.2 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., red oil "R Balson. 50".
Purchased 1965
Accession number
© R Balson Estate
Not on display
Bibliography (10)

Bruce Adams, Ralph Balson A Retrospective, Bulleen, Jul 1989, 37 (colour illus.), 76. 19

Nicholas Chambers, Art and Australia (Vol. 40, No. 2), 'Ralph Balson: "Painting". Abstracting the invisible', pg. 250-251, St Leonards, Dec 2002-Feb 2003, 250.

Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 37 (illus.). 39

Niagara Galleries, Blue Chip XI: The collector's exhibition, Melbourne, 2009, 31 (colour illus.). NOTE: Related work; titled 'Constructive painting'; dated 1954.

Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia [vol. 10, no. 1], 'Australian collection', pg. 52-62, Sydney, Jul 1972, 61 (illus.).

David Thomas, Deutscher and Hackett fine art auction: Melbourne 29 August 2012, 'Works from the Wesfarmers collection of Australian art part 1: lots 1-23’, pg. 58-59, Melbourne, 2012, 58.

Laurence Thomas, Twelve Australian artists, London, 1953. probably in error as 55, Abstraction No. 2, 1951.

Natalie Wilson, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Grace Crowley / Ralph Balson / Frank Hinder / Margel Hinder', pg. 88-103, Sydney, 2002, 96 (colour illus.), 142, 147.

Katie Yuill, Kinetic: The art of Ralph Balson, Grace Crowley, Rah Fizelle, Margel Hinder & Frank Hinder, Sydney, 2005. 6

Grace Crowley's contribution to Australian modernism and geometric abstraction, 'Partnership in abstraction', pg. 105-130, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2010, 121, 122 (illus.). figure 5.4

Exhibition history (6)

Twelve Australian Artists:

Balson, Crowley, Fizelle, Hinder:

Two centuries of Australian painting, a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Orange Regional Gallery, Australia, 19 Apr 1986–15 Jun 1986

Ralph Balson: a retrospective:

Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003

Kinetic: Sydney modernists, University Art Gallery, University of Sydney, Camperdown, 15 Jun 2005–11 Aug 2005