Anne Hall was part of the Heide circle, of which Charles Blackman, Sidney Nolan and Hall’s husband, John Perceval were also members. Like them, she pursued a Figurative Expressionist style, smudging objective and subjective truths. In a way unique to her however, Hall cuts to the nucleus of her subject, laying bare their soul.
In ‘Untitled (Portrait in Shadow)’, Hall pictures a woman holding an infant. The effect is disturbing. Mother and child bleed together into a black mass, the former’s eyes terrified and her nose bleeding. This is an unflinching study of motherhood; one that captures its undercurrents of fear, loneliness and pressure.
Like Joy Hester and Mirka Mora, Hall forged a compelling female voice in an otherwise male dominated space. That her career was at times overshadowed by her marriage is a testament to Modernism’s issues with gender parity. Now, collected by The National Gallery of Australia, the Ian Potter Museum and Geelong Gallery, her absence is being redressed.
For collectors of Modernist Australian art and those searching for a unique insight into the Antipodean movement, Hall is a vital find.
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Anne Marie HALL (1945 - )
'Untitled (Portrait in Black)'
oil on paper
Image Size: 57 x 45 cm
Dimensions: 57 x 45 cm
Signed: Inscribed verso: A Hall
Comes with Letter of Provenance
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.
© The Artist or Assignee
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