Occasional images from a city chamber
1939 - 09 Aug 1978
This suite of prints was made by George Baldessin in his studio at Melbourne's Winfield Building, following his invitation to represent Australia alongside Imants Tillers at the XII São Paulo Bienal, Brazil. 'Occasional images from a city chamber' is one of the first Australian examples of a serial print, which was then a contemporary development in international printmaking. Few prints of such ambition and magnitude have been produced in Australia, confirming Baldessin's significance as a virtuoso etcher.
The physical appearance of this work, with its continuous line of images leading into one another like a frieze, surrounds and draws the viewer into a realm of mysterious forms and enigmatic figures. These elements, while stemming from Baldessin's studio surroundings, are manifestations of his imaginative world, and float randomly through its space to form a cohesive and harmonious whole.
etching, soft-ground, aquatint, black ink on white wove paper
100.3 x 49.9 cm each platemark; 119.5 x 60.5 cm each sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
© Reproduced with permission
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999
Australian Collection Focus: George Baldessin Occasional images from a city chamber 1975, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Nov 1999–29 Jan 2000
Referenced in 9 publications
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian Prints from the Collection 139 of the best', pg. 26-27, Heidelberg, Nov 1998, 26 (illus.), 27.
Charles Merewether, Australia: XIII Bienal de São Paulo, 'Baldessin', Sydney, 1975, [illus.]. 6 panels illustrated
Anne Ryan, Look, 'Print in focus', pg.16, Melbourne, Nov 1999, 16 (illus., detail). Australian Collection Focus No. 6
Exhibitions events - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Nov 1999-Jan 2000, 12 (illus.).
Artwise: visual arts 9-10, 'George Baldessin', pg. 120-122, Milton, 2011, 120, 121 (illus., detail).
Australian Collection Focus: George Baldessin occasional images from a city chamber 1975, Sydney, 1999, cover (illus.), 2-5 (illus.), 8 (illus.). The image appearing on the cover and on page 8 is in detail.
Unknown and Unknown, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 106 (illus.), 107 (illus.). cat.no. 90. The image appearing on pg. 106 is the entire etching comprising of 25 panels. The images appearing on pg. 107 is part # O, pg. 108 is part # J, pg. 109 is part # W.
Artwise: visual arts 7-10, 'George Baldessin', pg. 18-19, Milton, 2002, 18. 19 (illus., no. 15).
George Baldessin: paradox & persuasion, Collingwood, 2009, between page 180- 181 (colour illus.).