Erwin Fabian 'Bon Voyage from Ursula'

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Erwin Fabian, son of famed painter Max Fabian, was born in Berlin. In 1938, he fled to London because he was Jewish and was sent to Australia on the Dunera when war broke out. In Australia, Fabian joined the Australian army where he produced illustrations and cover designs for army publications.

Oscillating between London and Australia, Fabian built a reputation as one of the country’s finest sculptors. His sculptures are cast from scrap metal, strangely evoking the human despite their abstract forms. In this charming drawing, however, he turns to cats.

From the private collection of famed writer and curator Ursula Hoff, this work bristles with personality. Erwin’s contented cats write a thank you note to Hoff; one clasps posies, while another merrily waves an American flag. Here, herding cats is a happy, grateful, affair.

For connoisseurs of Australian artists, this delightful work will make you the collector that got the Fabian.

Erwin FABIAN (1915 - 2020)
'Bon Voyage from Ursula' 1981
ink on paper
Image Size: 13 x 20 cm
Dimensions: 37 x 33 x 2 cm
Signed: Signed and dated lower right: E. Fabian ‘81
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Condition: Excellent
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