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Tulips and other stimulants



George W Lambert

Russia, Australia

1873 - 1930


George W Lambert's still life 'Tulips and other stimulants' presents the viewer with a complex composition and indicates his interest in formal design. The painting's title playfully alludes to the aromatic and intoxicating qualities of the objects it depicts: a jug of tulips and a single rose, a basin of ripe fruit, a decanter of red wine and a wine glass. The objects are artificially arranged in shallow representational space, upon a patterned tablecloth and mottled backdrop. A review published in the Sydney Morning Herald in 1927 noted, 'Except for a certain flatness in the treatment of the jug, the painting is subtle and strong, brilliant in tone and texture'. The flatness of the work reflects its modernist underpinnings: elements are simplified with a particular emphasis on pattern, texture and colour.




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Materials used

oil on canvas


52.1 x 60.6 cm stretcher; 72.3 x 82.3 x 6.5 cm frame :

0 - Whole, 49.4 x 59.5 cm, SIGHT DIMENSION

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, blue oil "G.W. LAMBERT/ 1927".


Purchased 1927


Not on display

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Artist information

George W Lambert

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 6 publications


Anne Gray, George W. Lambert retrospective: heros and icons, Canberra, 2007, 189 (colour illus.), 190, 212. 110

Anne Gray, George Lambert (1873-1930) catalogue raisonné: paintings and sculpture, drawings in public collections, Perth, 1996, 123-124, 237. P433

Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. 121 [Gallery No. 2]

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. 85

Kenneth Wilkinson (Editor), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 70], Sydney, Mar 1938, 51 (illus.).

Jade Williamson, Look, 'Brought to light: still life from the Australian collection', pg. 22-23, Sydney, Sep 2013, 22.