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Title

Nocturne no. 3, Commonwealth Lane

(1936)

Artist

Danila Vassilieff

Australia

1897 - 1958

Alternate image of Nocturne no. 3, Commonwealth Lane by Danila Vassilieff
Alternate image of Nocturne no. 3, Commonwealth Lane by Danila Vassilieff
Alternate image of Nocturne no. 3, Commonwealth Lane by Danila Vassilieff
Alternate image of Nocturne no. 3, Commonwealth Lane by Danila Vassilieff
  • Details

    Other Title
    Nocturne, Commonwealth Lane
    Date
    (1936)
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    52.7 x 47.3 cm stretcher; 71.4 x 65.8 x 2.2 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1968
    Location
    20th & 21st c Australian art
    Accession number
    OA13.1968
    Copyright
    © Heide Museum of Modern Art

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  • About

    For my subjects I must find something that speaks to me. Something simple and elemental. I may find that anywhere - in a street, in the form of an apple, in a garden, or in a grimy slum lane.
    Danila Vassilieff, 1936

    Danila Vassilieff was a Russian refugee who escaped the Revolution by immigrating to Australia in 1923. He is credited with pioneering figurative expressionism and social realism in Australian art during the 1940s.
    'Nocturne no 3, Commonwealth Lane' dates from Vassilieff's Sydney period (1935-36), when he had returned to Australia after several years spent travelling, working, and exhibiting throughout Asia, Europe, South America, and West Indies. It was displayed in the artist's first Sydney exhibition at Macquarie Galleries, in 1936, which polarised critical opinion for being 'ultra-modernist'. The inner-city street scene depicts the facades of terraced houses - since demolished -illuminated by a lone street light at night. Painted with spontaneity in a tertiary palette from his Surry Hills studio Vassilieff's representation of his newfound urban environment is fervent and defining.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications

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