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Title

Rudy Komon

1981

Artist

Eric John Smith

Australia

1919 – 20 Feb 2017

  • Details

    Date
    1981
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    184.1 x 172.4 x 3.9 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated top c. verso on frame, black fibre-tipped pen "... 1981 ERIC SMITH ...".

    Credit
    Purchased 1982
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    237.1982
    Copyright
    © Estate of Eric Smith

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    Archibald Prize
    Winner - 1981
    Artist information
    Eric John Smith

    Works in the collection

    13

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  • About

    Eric Smith's portrait of his dealer, gallery owner Rudy Komon won the Archibald Prize for 1981. When it was discovered that there were similarities between the winning portrait and a photograph of Komon dating from 1974, artist John Bloomfield, whose 1975 award had been withdrawn on the grounds that his portrait of Tim Burstall was painted directly from a magazine photograph, subsequently sued for the return of the prize. The case was dismissed on 23 September 1983.

    Peter Ross, 'Let's Face It: The history of the Archibald Prize' 2005, pg. 147.

    This work was acquired by the Gallery in 1982.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

Other works by Eric John Smith

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