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Title

Hospital theme - the sterilizer

1942

Artist

Eric Wilson

Australia

05 Jan 1911 – 23 Nov 1946

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Alternate image of Hospital theme - the sterilizer by Eric Wilson
Alternate image of Hospital theme - the sterilizer by Eric Wilson
Alternate image of Hospital theme - the sterilizer by Eric Wilson
Alternate image of Hospital theme - the sterilizer by Eric Wilson
  • Details

    Date
    1942
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on hardboard
    Dimensions
    81.3 x 47.0 cm board; 95.0 x 59.8 x 6.7 cm frame :

    0 - Whole, 81 x 46 cm, SIGHT DIMENSION

    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. corner, red oil "Eric Wilson". Dated l.l. corner, pencil "42".

    Credit
    Purchased 1945
    Location
    20th & 21st c Australian art
    Accession number
    7577
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Eric Wilson

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    Works in the collection

    66

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  • About

    At the time this painting was created, Eric Wilson was working as a ward attendant at Sydney's Lidcombe State Hospital. Drawing inspiration from his surroundings, the subject of this painting is an autoclave – a machine that heats liquids above boiling point to obtain sterilisation. Instead of portraying the machine from a single vantage point, Wilson has embraced cubist theories which attempted to convey three-dimensional objects from several angles at once.

    In his later career, Wilson championed cubism in both his teaching and exhibited works, such as 'Hospital theme – the sterilizer', which was shown at the fourth annual Contemporary Art Society exhibition in 1942.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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