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circa 1939-circa 1948


Arthur Fleischmann

Czechoslovakia, Australia, England

05 Jun 1896 - 02 Mar 1990


The drawings in this sketchbook were all made between 1939 and 1948 when the artist was resident in Sydney, and is the only extant sketchbook from his Australian period. The drawings include life studies and preliminary ideas or preparatory studies for sculpture, some realized, others not. This was the period when the artist was first experimenting with phenolic resin (an early type of plastic), which ultimately led to his pioneering works in Perspex.

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



circa 1939-circa 1948

Media categories

Sketchbook , Drawing

Materials used

bound sketchbook: 15 bound leaves and 2 loose leaves, 17 drawings, pencil on cream wove paper


26.6 x 36.4 cm leaf; 26.6 x 37.0 x 0.7 cm closed book; 26.6 x 73.0 cm open book :

a - page 1: (Studies of female figures, heads, lion), pencil; page 2: (Studies of female heads, female figures, including "Serena" busts), pencil, 26.6 x 36.4 cm

q - loose sheet not from this sketchbook: recto: (Figure holding a bird on a plinth), pencil on cream machine wove paper, 36.7 x 25.0cm [NB: this drawing was placed in the sketchbook and is from the Australian period]; verso: BLANK, 36.7 x 25 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2002


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Arthur Fleischmann

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 1 publication


Anne Ryan, Look, 'Sydney links London and Bratislava', pg. 19-21, Sydney, Sep 2003, 21 (illus.). One page from sketchbook reproduced, showing three nude female standing figures.