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Title

The idle hour

1933

Artist

Arthur Murch

Australia

08 Jul 1902 - 23 Sep 1989

  • Details

    Other Title
    Idle hours
    Place where the work was made
    Thirroul Wollongong New South Wales Australia
    Date
    1933
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas on hardboard
    Dimensions
    81.9 cm diam. sight; 100.0 cm diam. frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., brown oil "MURCH.33".

    Credit
    Purchased 1933
    Location
    20th & 21st c Australian art
    Accession number
    873
    Copyright
    © Murch Family. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Arthur Murch

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    I can truthfully say it is the best piece of flesh painting (colour) I've seen ... It was beautifully warmed with the most subtle of grey greens running through, better than Lambert's flesh.

    Eric Wilson, 1933

    Highlighting his early study under sculptor Rayner Hoff, Arthur Murch first modelled his subject for this painting in plaster in order to study the effects of light. 'The idle hour' exemplifies Murch's skill at painting light and flesh tones. It reveals the influence of the early Renaissance and classical-period statuary on his work, and his own sympathetic observations of family life.

    During the 1930s, Murch was a prominent and successful exponent of an approach to painting in which artists sought to tie their depictions of Australian modern life to the classical traditions of European art in their quest for a national culture.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Thirroul

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 11 publications

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