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Title

The awakening of Australian art

1907


Artist

Dora Ohlfsen

Australia

22 Aug 1869 - 07 Feb 1948


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.’


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


Artist information

Dora Ohlfsen

Artist profile

Works in the collection

11


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.