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Title

The awakening of Australian art

1907

Artist

Dora Ohlfsen

Australia

22 Aug 1869 - 07 Feb 1948

Alternate image of The awakening of Australian art by Dora Ohlfsen
Alternate image of The awakening of Australian art by Dora Ohlfsen
Alternate image of The awakening of Australian art by Dora Ohlfsen
Alternate image of The awakening of Australian art by Dora Ohlfsen
Alternate image of The awakening of Australian art by Dora Ohlfsen
Alternate image of The awakening of Australian art by Dora Ohlfsen
  • Details

    Date
    1907
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    3 bronze medallions
    Dimensions
    29.5 cm part a diameter; 29.5 cm part b diameter; 5.2 cm part c diameter :

    a - The awakening of Australian art, 29.5 cm

    b - The awakening of Australian art, 29.5 cm

    c - recto, The awakeing of Australian art; verso, The awakening of Australian art, 5.2 cm

    Frame dimensions previously noted refer to a presentation frame housing all 3 objects, since dismantled and destroyed.

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.c., incised "DORA OHLFSEN 1907" part a; l.l. , incised "DORA OHLFSEN 1907" part b; l.c., incised recto "DORAH OHLFSEN 1907"; l.l., incised verso "DORA OHLFSEN 1907"

    Credit
    Purchased 1910
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    1195.a-c
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Dora Ohlfsen

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  • About

    Dora Ohlfsen’s medal 'The awakening of Australia art' 1907, garnered her international recognition. Exhibited in Paris, it was acquired by the French government for the Petit Palais. It was Ohlfen’s first work to enter a public collection. The following year, the medal received an award at the Franco-British exhibition in London. Initially rejected by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, it was eventually purchased in 1909-10.

    Though the richest opportunities for her work were in Europe, Ohlfsen often spoke of her love for Australia. Here she captures what she described as its palpable ‘feeling of newness and vitality and power. Australians … desire to get everything out of life. We are untrammelled by traditions.’

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Deborah Edwards., Australian sculpture 1890-1919, 'Australian sculpture 1890-1919', Sydney, 1987, (illus.). no catalogue numbers, not paginated

    • The British-Australasian, 'Portraits in medals. Miss Dora Ohlfsen describes a rare and difficult art', pg. 7, London, 26 Jul 1906, 7.

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