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Image of a detail from 'Stargold birdbath' 1940 by Eleonore Lange

1940


Artist

Margaret Michaelis

Austria

1902 - 1985


About

Eleonore Lange designed this birdbath for the grounds of the Special School, Glenfield. It was produced in cast stone. The inspiration for the sculpture is the story of ‘The Star money’ (German ‘Die Sterntaler’), a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. It tells of the generosity of a poor girl, who gives away everything to those in need. As she stood naked and with nothing left to give away, stars fell to earth, turning to gold as she collected them. The birdbath was Lange's last major work, as she largely withdrew from sculpting after its completion.

This photograph is one in a series of the birdbath taken by Austrian-Australian photographer Margaret Michaelis.


Details


Place where the work was made

Glenfield Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1940


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

14.5 x 11.3 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

National Art Archive. Gift of Frank Hinder 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

ARC109.11.42


Artist information

Margaret Michaelis

Works in the collection

3