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Figures in a classical landscape


Frank Weitzel

Australia, New Zealand

1906 – 22 Feb 1932

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    batik/printed silk
    122.1 x 74.7 cm
    Purchased 1973
    20th-century galleries (ground floor)
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Frank Weitzel

    Works in the collection


  • About

    From the mid 1920s, a modern revival in batik painting was popularised in part by artist–designer Frank Weitzel who produced sophisticated art-deco styled batiks. The taste for modern batiks at this time was related to the promotion of Java as a leisure destination for Australians in lifestyle magazines such as 'The Home'.

    Sydney’s postwar economic boom resulted in a decade in which commerce and culture became closely entwined. Many artists, including Weitzel, were prompted to expand their work into design and decorative arts. The idea that artists could double as decorators was popularised by the philosophies of the German Bauhaus art school and the British modernist movement that sought to instil the values of abstract art in everyday life.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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