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Water jug with geometric designs


Anne Dangar


01 Dec 1885 – 04 Sep 1951

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Alternate image of Water jug with geometric designs by Anne Dangar
Alternate image of Water jug with geometric designs by Anne Dangar
Alternate image of Water jug with geometric designs by Anne Dangar
  • Details

    Alternative title
    Pot à eau à décor géométrique
    Place where the work was made
    Sablons Isère France
    Media category
    Materials used
    glazed earthenware
    22.0 x 20.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed, slip, "M.S.D.". Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Mollie Douglas Bequest 2017
    Not on display
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    Anne Dangar

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  • About

    Anne Dangar is renowned for her innovative pottery designs that fuse traditional techniques with modernist motifs. An early exponent of cubism in Australia, she moved to France in 1930 where she became a highly esteemed figure in an artists’ colony established by French cubist painter Albert Gleizes.

    Despite her lack of success in Australia during her lifetime Dangar has been posthumously recognised as a highly important figure in the modern art movement and her ceramic output attests to her skills as a potter and decorator. Dangar's great ability was in adapting cubist, Celtic and other historical symbols for use on functional forms in ways which was both aesthetically pleasing and artistically satisfying through use of Gleizes' formal principles.

    Despite the physical distance, Dangar played an important role in Sydney’s cultural landscape by sending books and excerpts from Gleizes’ lessons on cubist principles to her friend Grace Crowley, who disseminated them to her students, including Ralph Balson, at the Crowley-Fizelle school, providing the foundation for progressive modernist instruction in this country.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by Anne Dangar

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