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Every year, modernist Eric Thake would send his friends a hand-made Christmas card. Original linocut prints, these cards have since become canonical, each observing a changing nation through one its most distinct voices. They also speak to Thake’s innerworld, with this particular work coming from the collection of his friend, revered writer and curator Ursula Hoff. The punnily titled ‘Hippobottomi’ is a disarming portrait of three hippos. Thake captures them bottom-first, cocooned together like three pigs in a blanket. He was forever finding personalities in animals, capturing them with warmth and perceptiveness. Represented across numerous public collections, including at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, ‘Hippobottomi’ is a museum-quality work. It speaks to Thake’s remarkable wit, Australian modernism and the friendship between an artist and scholar. With strikingly excellent provenance, it is a prize for collectors of modernist art.
Eric THAKE (1904 - 1982)'Hippobottomi' 1974linocut on paperImage Size: 15 x 22 cm Dimensions: 15 x 44 cm overall sheet size, scored to foldSigned: Titled, signed, and dated lower right: Hippobottomi eric Thake 1974. Inscribed reverse sheet, ink To Ursula / With Best Wishes for Xmas & 1975 / from / Eric & GraceComes with Letter of Provenance
EXHIBITIONS:Animals on Paper: From The Australian Collection of Prints, Drawings and Watercolours, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 5 September – 5 October 1992 (another impression)LITERATURE:Kolenberg, H., Animals on Paper: From The Australian Collection of Prints, Drawings and Watercolours, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1992 cat. no. 86 (another impression)RELATED WORK:Eric Thake, Hippobottomi 1974, pencil on paper, 28 x 37.7cm, The Collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Impressions of this work are at the:Art Gallery of New South Wales, accession number 279.1976National Gallery of Australia, accession number 75.686
Condition: Excellent. There is a slight fold of the top right corner, which has no impact on the image and has been smoothed.
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