My fortieth birthday, from the suite Appassionata
24 Sep 1946 -
The Appassionata series is the most detailed account of the principal experiences in the life of Salvatore Zofrea, focusing on his birth and early life in Borgia, Southern Italy, his migration to Australia, his travels, maturation as an artist, family, personal relationships and friends.
Zofrea is one of the finest exponents of woodcut in Australia. His work as a painter and printmaker is inextricably linked - his woodcut prints have been influenced by his work as a painter especially in the richness of their texture, composition and ambition, as has his painting by his activity as a printmaker - his paintings have become simpler in expression and design since he has been making woodcuts.
The series is in an edition of 14 with 6 artist's proofs, four of which are on Japanese paper textured by the wooden boards on which the paper is dried after couching.
Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002
woodblock print; black ink on heavy white Japanese Hitachi paper
40.0 x 60.0 cm blockmark; 84.0 x 63.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed beneath the printed image l.r. corner, pencil "Zofrea". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 2002
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Salvatore Zofrea 'Appassionata': one hundred woodcuts:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 29 Mar 2000–08 May 2000
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 07 Jun 2001–15 Jul 2001
Referenced in 1 publication
Salvatore Zofrea: Appassionata woodcuts, 'The artist's commentaries', pg. 16-45, Sydney, 2000, 80 (illus.). cat.no. 89