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George Baldessin is one of Australia’s preeminent artists. During his lifetime he was considered on par with Brett Whiteley, with both artists eschewing the dominant mode of abstraction in favour of lyrical, figurative imagery.
Like Whiteley, Baldessin’s work explored existentialism, sexuality, boundaries and split personality. Performers recur, twisting into shapes, their faces cloaked in shadow. A sense of mystery percolates. This underlies ‘The Bather I’, a highly stylised portrait of a bather, hair spiked with water. The bather folds over herself, all limbs and sly eyes.
Baldessin has been honoured with retrospective exhibitions at Heide Museum, the Art Gallery of NSW and alongside Brett Whiteley at the National Gallery of Victoria. He is represented in all regional and many state collections, as well as New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Perhaps however, Baldessin is best known for his sumptuous brass pears which stand guard to the National Gallery of Australia.
‘The Bather I’ is a museum-quality work with an impression represented at the National Gallery of Australia. It was also exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2018 for Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions, curated by Sasha Grishin.
For collectors of important works on paper and modern art, ‘The Bathers I’ is a formidable find. George BALDESSIN (1939 - 1978)'The Bather I' 1978lithograph on paperEdition of 300Image Size: 57 x 57 cm Dimensions: 76 x 57 cm Signed: Editioned below image.Comes with Letter of ProvenanceA note is attached to verso that describes the work as unsigned. It was editioned by Druckma Press in accordance with an initialed Bon A Tirer print.An Artist Proof impression of this work is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Accession no.: 84.1306.An impression of this work was exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria's 2018 exhibition Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions curated by Sasha Grishin. This work was featured in a review of Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions.Condition: As New: The work of art is in the same immaculate condition as when it was created. This could be the description for a work of art that may have been in storage for years, never sold on the market but may still be some years old.© George Baldessin / Copyright Agency 2022
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