Bali woman with scarf
Czechoslovakia, Australia, England
05 Jun 1896 - 02 Mar 1990
Czech Republic born Fleischmann was in this country for a short period, but his influence on the development of early modern Australian sculpture was significant. He arrived in Sydney in 1939 after travel studies through Europe, South America and Indonesia, and became ensconced at Merioola, the celebrated community of internationalist-inspired painters, sculptors and photographers based in the Edgecliffe mansion of the same name.
This terracotta sculpture is typical of Fleischmann's early Sydney work, when subjects from his Balinese travels in the late 1930s continued to inspire his practice. The arabesque formation of the figure is also evident on the influences of his Viennese period, with the unusual truncation of the bust suggesting his attention to German sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881-1919). While referring to the classical foundations of Fleischmann's practice, the work is indicative of his modern stylisation of gesture and movement, creating the aesthetic of elongated figurative forms for which he is best renowned.
37.0 x 42.0 x 18.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed base of bust verso, incised "A. FLEISCHMANN". Not dated.
Gift of Joy and Dominique Fleischmann 2014
Not on display
© Reproduced with permission of the Arthur Fleischmann Foundation
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Bali through a sculptor's eyes: Arthur Fleischmann 1896-1990, Joanna Barnes Fine Arts, St. James's, 05 Oct 1994–05 Dec 1994
Australian Collection Focus: Paradise then: Arthur Fleischmann in Bali 1937-39, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 May 2007–29 Aug 2007
Referenced in 2 publications
Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Australian art illustrated, Sydney, 1947. plate no. 53
Unknown, Bali through a sculptor's eyes: Arthur Fleischmann 1896-1990, St. James's, 1994, front cover (illus.), 20.