Anne Hall was a latter member 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 particular to her however, Hall cut to the nucleus of her subject, bearing their soul in all its beauty and pain.
In ‘Mother’, Hall sketches a woman. Her eyes are distant and her silhouette hunched, anchored by sinewy fingers that reach out for one another. There is something uneasy here, as though Hall had peeled back the facade of motherhood to reveal something rawer and more weathered.
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 rightfully redressed.
For collectors of Modernist Australian art and those hankering after an uncharted view into the Antipodeans, Hall is a vital find.
Anne HALL (1945 - )
pencil on paper
Image Size: 38 x 29 cm
Signed: Titled, initialed and dated lower right: Mother A.H. '76
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
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