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Nude and the moon



Godfrey Miller


20 Aug 1893 - 10 May 1964


Place where the work was made

Paddington Sydney New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

oil, pen and black ink on canvas


61.6 x 104.2 cm stretcher; 64.3 x 107.3 x 4.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, pen and black ink "Godfrey Miller". Not dated.


Gift of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1959


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Godfrey Miller

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 10 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 40 publications


Donald Brook, The Canberra times, 'Cosmos revealed', pg. 11, Ainslie, 20 Aug 1966, 11.

Craig Bush, Look, 'Years of enrichment: The society reaches another milestone', pg. 12-15, Sydney, May 2009, 12 (colour illus.), 13, 14.

Douglas Dundas, Antique News and Sales, 'Godfrey Miller and his art', pg. 8, Jul 1975, 8.

Geoffrey Dutton, The Innovators: the Sydney alternatives in the rise of modern art, literature and ideas, 1986, 80.

Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Mosaic and figure', pg. 213-214, Sydney, 2000, 217 (colour illus.), 301.

Deborah Edwards, Godfrey Miller, Sydney, 1996, 3 (colour illus.), 11-14, 56, 60, 123. plate no. 1

James Gleeson, Sun-Herald, 'Book brings coming of age', pg. 92, Sydney, 31 Jul 1966, 92.

James Gleeson, Art and Australia [vol. 1, no. 1], 'Painting in Australia since 1945', pg. 12, Sydney, May 1963, 12.

James Gleeson, Masterpieces of Australian painting, Melbourne, 1969, 125 (colour illus.). NOTE: Dated 1954-1959

James Gleeson, The Herald Melbourne, 17 Jun 1959, 20.

James Gleeson, Australian Painters, 1976, 296.

James Gleeson, Modern Painters 1931-1970, 1970. plate no. 20

Sasha Grishin, Australian art: a history, 'The competitive spirit in Australian art', pg. 350-363, Carlton, 2013, 352, 354 (colour illus.), 551, 565. plate no. 34.2

Sasha Grishin, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Roger Kemp / Godfrey Miller', pg. 104-115, Sydney, 2002, 106, 115 (colour illus.), 145, 147.

Christopher Heathcote, Encounters with Australian modern art, 'Reconstruction culture 1945-1962', pg. 9-56, South Yarra, 2008, 30, 31 (colour illus.). NOTE: Two related works reproduced: 'Nude and the moon' circa 1961-1964, TarraWarra Museum of Art; 'Nude and the moon' circa 1962, private collection.

John Henshaw (Editor), Godfrey Miller, Sydney, 1965, (colour illus.). plate no. 33; NOTE: Dated 1954-58

Judith Laurence, Look, 'Society Gifts: The Nude and the Moon', pg. 22, Heidelberg, Sep 1989, 22 (colour illus.). NOTE: Dated 1954-1958

Tony MacDougall (Editor), Australian Encyclopaedia Vol. 1, Sydney, 1996, 282 (colour illus.).

Macquarie Galleries, (Godfrey Miller), Sydney, 1957. possibly 1; titled 'Nude and the Moon'

Alan McCulloch, The heroic years of Australian painting, 1940-1965: the Herald exhibition, Melbourne, 1977, 32 (colour illus.). 39

Alan McCulloch, Encyclopedia of Australian art (vol 2), Victoria, 1984, (colour illus.). plate no. 14

Ronald Millar, Civilized magic: an interpretive guide to Australian paintings, Toorak, 1974, 36-39, (colour illus.). plate no. 37; NOTE: Dated 1954-1958

Hal Missingham (Director), Purchases and acquisitions for 1959, Sydney, 1959, 10 (illus.).

Les Moseley., Look, 'From the Society President', Sydney, May 2015, 11.

Laura Murray, Great Australian paintings, New South Wales, 1989, 53 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce and Haruo Arikawa, Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 152 (colour illus.). 95

Barry Pearce, Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years, 'Presenting our own artists: how the AGS put balance into the Australian collection', pg. 42-44, Sydney, May 2003, 42 (colour illus.).

Simon Pierse, Art and Australia (Vol. 42, No. 2), 'Recent Australian painting: Australian artists in London in 1961', pg. 226-235, Sydney, Dec 2004-Feb 2005, 232.

John Douglas Pringle, Australian Painting Today, London, 1963, 79.

Ernest Smith., Art New Zealand, 'Memories of three New Zealand expatriate painters', Auckland, 1976-1977. NOTE: Dated 1954-1958

Smith & Singer, Sotheby's Melbourne: important Australian art (24 & 25 August 2009), Melbourne, 2009, 74.

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, Sydney, Oct 2006, 33 (colour illus.).

Martin Terry, Masterpieces of Australian Painting, Sydney, 1984, 109 (colour illus.).

Laurie Thomas (Editor), 200 Years of Australian painting, Rushcutters Bay, 1971, 75 (colour illus.).

Laurie Thomas, Modern Australian painting and sculpture: a survey of Australian art from 1950-1960, 'Introduction', pg. 1-10, Adelaide, 1960, 20 (colour illus.). NOTE: Collection: in possession of the artist

Whitechapel Art Gallery (Compilator), Recent Australian Painting, London, 1961, (illus.). 64, plate no. XXIII

Judith White, art lovers: the story of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1953-2013, 'Chapter One: Opening the doors 1953-1960', pp.19-40, Sydney, 2013, 35, 36, 155, 194-195 (colour illus.), 196 (colour illus.).

Donald Williams, In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 2002, 99, 100 (colour illus.).

Donald Williams, In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 1995, 146 (colour illus.).

Important Australian art, Sydney, 28 Aug 2018, 110 (colour illus.).