Anne Hall was part of the Heide circle, which included Charles Blackman, Sidney Nolan and Hall’s husband, John Perceval. 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 baying their soul.
‘Moon Girl’ is the feminine yin to Sydney Nolan’s yang, ‘Moonboy’. The latter, considered a turning point in Australian history, announced Nolan’s visual language. It was his Ned Kelly - a helmeted silhouette against the Australian sky - in infancy. Hall’s ‘Moon Girl’ stands in contrast. Where ‘Moonboy’ is geometric, ‘Moon Girl’ is organic: two ovoids balanced atop one another, held together by tranquility. Just like the moon itself, ‘Moon Girl’ is a phase of ‘Moon Boy’; they are diametrically opposed sides of the same transition.
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.
Anne HALL (1945 - )
'Moon Faced Girl' 1967
pastel on paper
Image Size: 76 x 56 cm
Dimensions: 76 x 56 cm
Signed: signed Anne Hall and dated 67 lower left
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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