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Title

Idyll: love and life

marble 1926
plaster 1923

Artist

Rayner Hoff

United Kingdom, Australia

1894 - 1937

  • Details

    Dates
    marble 1926
    plaster 1923
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    marble
    Dimensions
    106.7 x 52.0 x 13.0 cm :

    a - marble, 106.7 x 52 x 13 cm

    b - tabernacle, 135 x 68 x 23.5 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, incised "G.RAYNER HOFF". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Howard Hinton 1926
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    1323.a-b
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Wynne Prize
    - 1926
    Artist information
    Rayner Hoff

    Artist profile

    Works in the collection

    17

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  • About

    A relatively short Australian tenure - from 1923 to his death following a surfing accident in 1937 - did not prevent Rayner Hoff transforming the face of Australian sculpture. No active practitioner of the period is more associated with art deco, for example, or with the redirection of monumental statuary in Sydney towards an expressively inflected classicism. Hoff's sculpture is robustly erotic, but never prurient, embodying a paganism which is different in quality and kind from the coarser work of Norman Lindsay. Idyll: love and life might be described as chaste, despite the languor of its poses. Hoff taught drawing and sculpture at East Sydney Technical College, whose students revered and imitated him. Although met at the time with public outrage, Sydney's official Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park remains his enduring testament.

    Art Gallery Handbook 1999

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

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