Inspired by a jazz night at the Dominion Arts Club, London, Black has placed dancing figures and pianist amidst a dynamic, zigzagging pattern of lines and earthy colour to evoke the lively beat of the ‘new’ music. 'Music' is one of Black’s earliest prints, made while studying at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art under Claude Flight. It was shown at the first exhibition of linocuts to be held at London’s Redfern Gallery in 1929.
colour linocut, printed from five blocks on thin cream laid tissue
24.1 x 21.3 cm image; 31.1 x 24.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner within image, pencil "D.B". Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 9 exhibitions
Art Deco and works from the period (1980), S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 16 Jun 1980–14 Jul 1980
Project 39 - Women's Imprint (1982), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Oct 1982–31 Oct 1982
Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Jul 1994–25 Sep 1994
Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995
Art Deco: from Sydney cinemas and pubs to skyscrapers, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 12 Jun 1999–05 Sep 1999
Australian Collection Focus: Colour, Rhythm, Design - wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Mar 2010–11 Jul 2010
Professor Sadler, Japan and Australian modernism, University Art Gallery, University of Sydney, Camperdown, 03 Apr 2011–24 Jul 2011
Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013
Modern impressions; Australian prints from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Sep 2016–Jan 2017
Referenced in 16 publications
Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 16 (colour illus.).
Deborah Edwards and Denise Mimmocchi, Look, 'Sydney Moderns', pg. 24-28, Sydney, Jun 2013, 24 (colour illus.).
Sasha Grishin, Australian art: a history, 'Dynamic modernism', pg. 228-239, Carlton, 2013, 232 (colour illus.), 233, 549, 556. not AGNSW impression; plate no. 23.4
Jane Hylton, Modern Australian women: paintings & prints 1925-1945, 'Modern Australian Women', pg. 14-27, Adelaide, 2000, 25 (colour illus.), 57, 121. Collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia
Tracey Lock-Weir., Dorrit Black: unseen forces, 'The modern medium: colour linocuts', pg.143-167, Adelaide, 2014, 8-9 (col. illus detail),148, 149 (colour illus.), 154 (colour illus.), 199 (cat. entry). NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.
Victoria Lynn, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1995. no catalogue numbers; not paginated
Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Making Sydney modern: the artistic shaping of the postwar city', pg. 66-85, Sydney, 2013, 79, 178 (colour illus.), 310, 320.
Susannah Smith, Look, 'Women's work: their diverse and significant contribution to the modernist art scene', pg. 13-15, Sydney, Aug 2013, 14.
Maria (Connie) Tornatore-Loong, Japan in Sydney: Professor Sadler & modernism, 1920-30s, 'The remarkable Professor Sadler: Japan, Sydney and Australian modernism', pg.7-49, Sydney, 2011, 28, 35 (colour illus.), 136. cat.no. 19
A survey of Australian relief prints 1900/1950, Armadale, 1978, 92 (illus.). edition 10/50; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.
Unknown (Editor), Sun, 'Art & linoleum cut out pictures with umbrella ribs', pg. 8, Sydney, 16 Mar 1930, 8 (colour illus.). author unknown
Modernism and Feminism Australian Women Artists 1900-1940, Sydney, 1996, 142 (colour illus.), 145. Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955, Canberra, 2007, 205. NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.
Linocuts of the machine age: Claude Flight and the Grosvenor school, 'The Australians: Dorrit Black, Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme', pg. 65-68, England, 1995, (colour illus.), 66, 152 (illus.). plate no. 31; cat.no. DB I; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.
Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1994.
Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982. no catalogue numbers; not paginated