Anne Hall was a late 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 souls.
In ‘The Couple’, Hall sketches two figures surrounded by shadows. Unlike traditional nudes these bodies are awkward, their faces twisted by some unknown thought. Hall is interested in the psychological reality of her subjects; it is as though she has peeled back the facade of this couple to reveal something uneasy. As the former wife of a troubled yet talented man, Hall understands a relationship’s dynamics with great acuity. Against an abstracted black background, this ‘Couple’ are debris hurtling through space.
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 - )
charcoal on paper
Image Size: 74 x 54 cm
Dimensions: 83 x 63 cm
Signed: Signed lower right corner: Anne Hall
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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