Anne Marie Hall 'Golden Girl' - Sold to Jessica

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Anne Hall was part of the Heide circle, which included Charles Blackman, Sidney Nolan and Hall’s husband John Perceval. Like them she pursued a Figurative Expressionist style, smudging objective and subjective truths, laying bare her subject's soul.

'Golden Girls' is a spectacular work, fully signed and dated 1967 — a year that proved formative for Hall. It was when she met Perceval, who she later married in 1972; it was also the year before her first solo exhibition, unveiled at South Yarra Galleries to high acclaim. In 1967 Hall too contributed to Perceval’s major painting ‘Veronica and the Conspirators’, based on Dutch Master Hieronymous Bosch’s acclaimed work ‘Christ Carrying the Cross’. In her role, Hall copied the right corner of the Bosch painting — a contribution that art historian Margaret Plant identifies as intrinsic to the work’s value. She writes: 

“The paint is urgent, raised up more thickly, more lurid and hectic than in any other Perceval painting.”

Hall was coming into her own as an artist. ‘Golden Girl’ testifies to this — it gleams, a blonde-haired youth falling from the darkness, giddy and bright. From indigo as dark as night to daffodil yellow, Hall's mastery of colour is bracing. Her work is enigmatic and charismatic, urgent and arresting, distinct yet universal, a portrait of a human soul.

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 the era’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 searching for a unique insight into the Antipodean movement, Hall is a fascinating find. Secure this momentous work, newly framed and ready to hang.


Anne Marie HALL (1945 - )
'Golden Girl' 1967
oil on canvas
Image Size: 76 x 60 cm
Dimensions: 78 x 62 x 4 cm
Signed: Signed and dated bottom middle Anne Hall 67
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
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