Yosl Bergner is one of Australia’s most important artists. Born in Austria and raised in Poland, he and his family immigrated to Australia in 1937 to escape anti-semitism. In Melbourne, Bergner attended the National Art School and befriended the Heide circle, who included Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and John Perceval. It was alongside Noel Coulihan and Vic O’Connor however, that Bergner made his indeminable mark. Self-described as a social humanist, Bergner and his fellow social realists forged a bracingly political vision.
In ‘Two Women’, Bergner presents two downcast friends. Like many of his subjects, these women are ordinary people tested by social inequalities. Having experienced trauma first-hand as a Jew and soldier in the Second World War, Bergner understood acutely the human condition.
Bergner brought German Expressionism to Australia. His legacy persists in not only style, but the belief art can change the world. A lifelong member of the National Gallery of Victoria, a major retrospective of his work was held at Tel Aviv Museum in 2000. He is represented in numerous public collections in Australia and abroad, and is the recipient of the Israel Prize for painting and co-recipient of the Dizengoff Prize for painting. For collectors of socially conscious, Modern and expressionist art, Bergner is a must.
Yosl BERGNER (1920 - 2017)
'Two Women 1942' 1997
hand-coloured screenprint on paper
Edition of 97
Image Size: 56 x 45 cm
Dimensions: 56 x 76 cm
Signed: Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil in margin below image: 97/97 Two Women 1942-1997 Yosl Bergner
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Based on the artists original painting, Two Women (1942, oil on board), in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne).Condition: Very good; hand-coloured by the artist; there is a slight indentation in the upper left corner which can be hidden under the mat without affecting the image or inscriptions.
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
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