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Study for 'Ego'

circa 1951-circa 1952


Dušan Marek


07 Mar 1926 – 09 Mar 1993

  • Details

    circa 1951-circa 1952
    Media category
    Materials used
    blue ball-point pen on cardboard
    9.8 x 10.2 cm board
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of James Agapitos and Ray Wilson 2002
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Art Gallery of New South Wales

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    Artist information
    Dušan Marek

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Marek was one of Australia's foremost surrealists, a painter, draughtsman, avant-garde film-maker and teacher. Czech-born he arrived in Australia with his wife Helena in 1948 and has lived and worked in New South Wales, South Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania. He was the subject of an AGNSW 'Project' exhibition 1975-76 and a critical inclusion in the National Gallery's exhibition 'Surrealism, Flight by Night' 1993 and its satellite touring component on Australian Surrealism.

    Apart from his undoubted qualities as a painter, Marek was a gifted and sensitive draughtsman, his charcoal drawings are especially fine with references to the human figure and the organic nature of matter.

    This drawing is a study for the painting 'Ego', 1953, also in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

    Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Stephen Mould, The birth of love: Duŝan and Voitre Mareh, '5. Diverging paths, 1950s', pg. 36-39, South Australia, 2008, 72 (colour illus.). figure 90

    • Jill Sykes, Look, 'The Marek Brothers: Adding to the tale of two émigré artists', pg. 36-37, Sydney, Dec 2009-Jan 2010, 37 (colour illus.).

Other works by Dušan Marek

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