- Alternative title
- Soupière à décor Géométrique
- circa 1938
- Media category
- Materials used
- glazed earthenware
- 35.0 x 25.5 cm
- Signature & date
Signed, slip, on base, "MSD". Not dated.
- Purchased with funds provided by the Mollie Douglas Bequest 2021
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Anne Dangar is renowned for her innovative pottery designs that fuse traditional techniques with modernist motifs. An early exponent of cubism in Australia, she moved to France in 1930 where she became a highly esteemed figure in the artists’ colony Moly-Sabata, established by French cubist painter Albert Gleizes.
Despite her lack of success in Australia during her lifetime, Dangar has been posthumously recognised as a highly important figure in the modern art movement and her ceramic output attests to her skills as a potter and decorator. Dangar's great ability was in adapting cubist, Celtic and other historical symbols for use on functional forms in ways which was both aesthetically pleasing and artistically satisfying through use of Gleizes' formal principles.
Dangar played an important role in Sydney’s cultural landscape, depsite remaining in France, by sending books and excerpts from Gleizes’ lessons on cubist principles to her friend Grace Crowley, who disseminated them to her students, including Ralph Balson, at the Crowley-Fizelle school, providing the foundation for progressive modernist instruction in this country.
This work is a fine example of the domestic ware which formed a large part of Dangar's output and was her primary source of income. She included these works in art exhibitions as well and this tureen was displayed alongside other ceramics by Dangar at the Galerie Sambon in Paris in 1938.
Shown in 1 exhibition
Anne Dangar céramiste: Le cubisme au quotidian, Musee de Valence, Valence, 26 Jun 2016–26 Feb 2017
Referenced in 2 publications
Bruce Adams, Rustic cubism: Anne Dangar and the art colony at Moly-Sabata, Chicago, 2004, 124 (illus.), 276. fig.86
David Butcher, Anne Dangar céramiste: Le cubism au quotidian, Paris, 2017, 78 (colour illus.), 207. 'Soupière à décor Géométrique'
Other works by Anne Dangar
See all 26 works