The awakening of Australian art
22 Aug 1869 - 07 Feb 1948
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.’
3 bronze medallions
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"
Not on display