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Occasional images from a city chamber



George Baldessin

Italy, Australia

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.




Media category


Materials used

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.


Purchased 1977


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

George Baldessin

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 9 publications


Jonathan Cooper (Editor), Exhibitions events - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Nov 1999-Jan 2000, 12 (illus.).

Harriet Edquist, George Baldessin: paradox & persuasion, Collingwood, 2009, between page 180- 181 (colour illus.).

Glenis Israel, Artwise: visual arts 9-10, 'George Baldessin', pg. 120-122, Milton, 2011, 120, 121 (illus., detail).

Glenis Israel, Artwise: visual arts 7-10, 'George Baldessin', pg. 18-19, Milton, 2002, 18. 19 (illus., no. 15).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian Prints from the Collection 139 of the best', pg. 26-27, Heidelberg, Nov 1998, 26 (illus.), 27.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 106 (illus.), 107 (illus.). 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.

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

Anne Ryan, 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.