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Study for 'Graph segments' 5



Carl Plate


19 Dec 1909 - 15 May 1977


Carl Plate's appreciation of international modernism influenced his intuitive and expressive paintings, which were strongly founded in his interest in nature, landscape and organic forms, and commitment to abstraction.

He sought to reconcile unconscious creative impulses, randomness and chance with an empathetic response to nature and by the early 1960s almost all obvious references to the material world had been subsumed in his art. Throughout, Plate retained his natural affinity for harmonious form and composition, and particularly, lyrical colour.

Returning to Sydney from Europe in 1940, Plate established himself as an artist, exhibiting his work locally and internationally, until his death in 1977. He re-established the Notanda Gallery in Rowe Street as a centre for British, International and Australian art which was to have a significant impact on successive generations of students and artists as one of the rare sources of visual material and information on modern art in Sydney. An indefatigable advocate for modern art, he was one of the most active members of the Contemporary Art Society in NSW from its earliest days.

Study for 'Graph segments' 5 is closely related to Plate's masterpiece 'Graph segments' 1963-64, in the Gallery's collection.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2007




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Materials used

pencil, pen, brush and black ink, black and grey wash on cream wove paper


49.0 x 73.1 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., pen and black ink "Carl Plate 1963".


Purchased with funds provided by QBE Insurance Group Limited 2007


Not on display

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Artist information

Carl Plate

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history