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The marriage of the Arnolfini - after van Eyck



Fiona Hall


1953 –

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    type C photograph
    28.0 x 35.5 cm sheet :

    1 - left image, 25.2 x 20.4 cm, image

    2 - right image, 14.2 x 11.5 cm, image

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. verso, ink "Fiona Hall 1980".

    Purchased 1984
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Fiona Hall

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  • About

    In 1980 Fiona Hall’s work underwent a shift, although for her it was: ‘a gradual revelation … it was more about returning to a space in the history of art, as constructed by other artists. It’s difficult to go back and talk about the shift as being a revelation because it happened over a period of time … if one could talk about an extended revelation, yes it has been revelatory, an exploration of what one could say in the studio and taking it further and further.1

    Hall produced a series of works in colour where she examined, in the form of diptychs, iconic images from the history of art, including those by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian and Jan van Eyck. Hall’s reconstructions are akin to examinations within examinations as reproductions of the original masterpiece sit within her mediations on it. Unlike a series of Chinese boxes or Russian dolls the final work is a puzzle where all the extrapolations lead to more interpretative possibilities. As Kate Davidson has written: ‘These associations are not a matter of chance: like theatre props, the unorthodox materials were consciously selected and arranged. Collectively they function as diagrammatic representations of pictorial elements and undermine, at the same time revitalise, conventional perceptions of the famous works they mimic.2

    1. Fiona Hall interviewed by J Moss & T Morrell 1988/89, ‘Photofile’, no 25, summer p 26
    2. Davidson K 1992, ‘Garden of earthly delights: the work of Fiona Hall’, Australian National Gallery, Canberra p 8

    © Art Gallery of New South Wales Photography Collection Handbook, 2007

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 8 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

Other works by Fiona Hall

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