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Title

Painting

(1981)

Artist

Peter Booth

Australia

1940 -

Alternate image of Painting by Peter Booth
Alternate image of Painting by Peter Booth
Alternate image of Painting by Peter Booth
Alternate image of Painting by Peter Booth
Alternate image of Painting by Peter Booth
Alternate image of Painting by Peter Booth
Alternate image of Painting by Peter Booth
Alternate image of Painting by Peter Booth
Alternate image of Painting by Peter Booth
Alternate image of Painting by Peter Booth
Alternate image of Painting by Peter Booth
  • Details

    Date
    (1981)
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    197.5 x 304.5 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated verso, black paint "PETER BOOTH 1981".

    Credit
    Purchased with assistance from the Visual Arts Board Australia Council 1981
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    203.1981
    Copyright
    © Peter Booth. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • About

    Along with a handful of other repellent images unleashed by him, Peter Booth's 'Painting' stands out as one of the indisputable benchmarks of its era. Born and educated in Sheffield, the young Booth arrived in Australia in 1958, continuing his studies in Melbourne, the city which remains his home. His early creation of hard-edged abstract paintings led to his inclusion in The Field exhibition in 1968, a turning-point for him as much as for modern Australian art. By the late 1970s, fearing he had reached an impasse with a body of completely monochrome works, and pre-empting an international revival of figuration in painting, Booth plunged into a fevered period of grimly morbid invention. Humanity was portrayed as a race of victim-idiots tormented by the bloodied and bloodthirsty monsters of its own imagining. Bosch and Goya are Booth's antecedents, though not his prototypes, for there is something utterly of the twentieth century in these ghoulish spectres of modernity.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 16 publications

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