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Mother and child



Margel Hinder


04 Jan 1906 - 29 May 1995


Arriving from the United States in 1934 with her Australian partner, Frank Hinder, this prolific sculptor was well-versed in contemporary international developments in art. In Sydney she studied with Eleanore Lange, a German-born artist-teacher, and began experimenting with local timbers and stone. 'Mother and child' shows how quickly she accommodated Australian materials, and a certain Australian robustness as well. Though strongly influenced by English sculpture of the interwar period, especially that of Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein, Hinder's truer inspiration came from her interest in vitalist philosophies and theories. The self-contained poise of this image soon gave way to a restlessness more resonant of modern times.

Art Gallery Handbook 1999




Media category


Materials used

wood (ironbark)


125.5 x 38.0 x 38.0 cm figure; 23.5 x 22.0 cm base (irreg.)

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1994

Accession number


Artist information

Margel Hinder

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


Ian Cornford, The sculpture of Margel Hinder, 'List of illustrations', pg. 6-7, Willoughby, 2013, 6, 50, 53 (colour illus.), 54, 62, 156.

Deutscher-Menzies Fine Art, 19th & 20th century Fine Australian and International Art: Fine Art auction 20 & 21 August 2001 Melbourne, Melbourne, 2001, 112. lot no. 77, 'Man with Jackhammer', 1939, cedar relief, 62.5 x 54.5 x 3.5cm. Reference to 'Exhibition I' and Hinder's 'Mother and child' in the Gallery's collection.

Dinah Dysart, Art and Australia (Vol. 29, No. 3), 'A productive partnership: Frank & Margel Hinder interviewed', pg. 338-345, Sydney, Autumn 1992, 342 (illus.). 'Mother and child', 1939, ironbark, Private collection

Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Margel Hinder's 'Mother and Child': A Major New Acquisition', pg. 14, 18., Heidelberg, Apr 1995, 14 (illus.), 18.

Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Moderns', pg. 103-104, Sydney, 2000, 134 (colour illus.), 301.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 146 (colour illus.).

Eleonore Lange, Exhibition I : paintings and sculptures in David Jones' Exhibition Galleries from 17th August to 2nd Sept., 1939., 'Catalogue: Sculpture', Sydney, 1939, n. pag.. cat. no. 3 listed as 'Mother and Child (Ironbark)'

Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Towards the abstract: the art of Exhibition 1', pg. 270-271, Sydney, 2013, 270, 271 (colour illus.), 314, 322.

Margaret Page, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'SHE SPEAKS IN SCULPTURE', pg. 2, Sydney, 13 Nov 1939, 2 (b&w illus.). The Sydney Morning Herald's Women's Supplement

Natalie Wilson, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Grace Crowley / Ralph Balson / Frank Hinder / Margel Hinder', pg. 88-103, Sydney, 2002, 92, 101 (colour illus.), 144, 147.