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 the objective and subjective. 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 this work, Hall presents a minimal portrait in orange and pinks.With eyes bulging and full lips parted, she captures her subject with a rare directness. This is the kind of portrait born from an intimate relationship where the artist can see her subject from every angle.
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 hankering after a unique insight into the Antipodean movement, Hall is a vital find.
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Anne HALL (1945 - )
'Minimal Portrait' 1960s
mixed media on paper
Image Size: 38 x 28 cm
Condition: fair. In good overall condition however it does have a crease in the paper - which is definitely part of the charm!
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