Flowers are with us in the best and worst of times. They commemorate a milestone, console a loss, betray the changing of seasons and wilt, a harbinger of disease. In his series of flowers, acclaimed Jewish-Australian artist Victor Majzner considers this brevity of symbolism. He reflects that “Flowers play a significant part in every human rite of passage”.
In ‘Midmorning’, a European flower hangs above the Australian landscape, a flushing sun; a disembodied hand and hat emanating from its core. This is a metaphor for the European colonisation of Aboriginal peoples: “Even the gift of flowers can be treacherous”, says Majzner. There is also a warning here to heed the threat humans pose against the environment.
The presence of a hat links to Majzner’s Jewish heritage. Not only have migrant Jewish communities been the backbone of the garment industry, but the artist also perceives an analogy between concealing clothing and the Jewish experience.
‘Midmorning’, which recalls a tarot card, foretells of good and bad tidings. It reminds of a violent history, while proffering some optimism. The white light of early morning caramelises into gold; a new day arrives, giving us the opportunity to heal from the wounds inflicted by history.
An accomplished artist, Majzner is represented in numerous public collections, including at the National Gallery of Australia, the National of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. For collectors of surrealist and socially conscious art, let ‘Midmorning’ open your collection’s horizons.
Victor MAJZNER (1945 - )
screenprint on paper
Edition of 40
Image Size: 65 x 47 cm
Dimensions: 76 x 56 cm
Signed: Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil in margin below image: 21/40 Midmorning V. Majzner 1991
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.
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