Australia, United States of America
19 Jun 1920 - 19 Jun 2001
Robert Klippel's extraordinary oeuvre of sculptures was matched by an equally remarkable body of drawings, watercolours and collages. Notable for their inventiveness and diversity, Klippel's drawings were an essential accompaniment to his practice as a sculptor. The drawings were the synthesis of abstract forms on paper while similarly, his sculptures were the resolution of disparate objects in a cumulative assemblage.
This drawing was made while Klippel was living in Paris between 1949-50, a time when he consciously strove to develop his drawing practice beyond the mere notation of sculptural ideas. He made hundreds of drawings and watercolours during this period, firstly in a Surrealist vein that developed, over April and May 1950, into a new group of works that incorporated additional influences including Tachism and Abstract Expressionism.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004
pen and ink, watercolour on paper
36.9 x 27.9 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., ink "RK" and dated l.r., watercolour "4/50".
Gift of the artist 1970
Not on display
© Estate of Robert Klippel
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Robert Klippel: collage and drawings 1947-1983 (1983-84), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Nov 1983–03 Jan 1984
Robert Klippel: a tribute exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Aug 2002–13 Oct 2002
Conquest of space: science fiction and contemporary art, College of Fine Art Galleries, UNSW, 22 May 2014–05 Jul 2014
Robert Klippel, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, 23 Nov 2019–16 Feb 2020
Referenced in 3 publications
Deborah Edwards, Robert Klippel, 'Chance and instuition: Paris 1949-50', pg. 52-73, Sydney, 2002, 55, 69 (colour illus.), 255. titled 'Untitled'
Andrew Frost, Conquest of space: science fiction and contemporary art, 'The engine of experience: contemporary art and SF', pg. 5-7, Sydney, 2014, 7, 36 (colour illus.), 43.
James Gleeson, Robert Klippel, 'A wave of drawings: Paris 1949-50', pg. 71-122, Kensington, 1983, 108 (colour illus.). P 45