Plate with spirals
01 Dec 1885 - 04 Sep 1951
Anne Dangar’s use of circular and spiral designs to decorate her ceramics comes from the teachings of her great mentor Albert Gleizes. His 1932 book 'La forme et l’histoire' (Form and history) discusses his view that human nature is constant and the same rhythmic designs will recur in different ages in different societies. He illustrated this theory with a number of circular and spiral designs from prehistoric carvings and ancient pottery, and believed that cubism could revive the use of such designs.
Dangar's great ability was in adapting these historical symbols for use on functional forms in ways which was both aesthetically pleasing and artistically satisfying.
Plat à spirales
2.3 x 46.5 cm
Signature & date
Signed, verso, slip "MSD". Not dated.
Mollie Douglas Bequest Fund 2017
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 3 publications
Bruce Adams, Rustic cubism: Anne Dangar and the art colony at Moly-Sabata, Chicago, 2004, 62 (illus.). Fig. 37 (as "Plate with Celtic spirals")
David Butcher, Anne Dangar céramiste: Le cubism au quotidian, Paris, 2017, 104 (colour illus.). cat.no. 46
Leanne Santoro, Look, 'The true soul of Moly-Sabata', Sydney, Jul 2018-Aug 2018, 37 (colour illus.).