Cubism in Australia: Dorrit Black

We have only dipped our toes into Cubism but hopefully enough for you to understand the basic nature of the style, though as the French Cubist painter André Lhote claimed, there are thousands of definitions of cubism, because there are a thousand painters practicing it.

Australians know all about having to travel long distances to get to where we want to be and to find out what is going on in the rest of the world. Australian artists have been doing this since the days of early settlement-travelling back and forth across the world to learn from those at the coal face of change. It is ironical that as Europeans were migrating south for a better life, their creative children & grandchildren were returning to the homeland to catch up on the latest trends in the world of art. The passion that drove them is exemplified when we remember that the journey even by the 1900s took 6-7 weeks.  

In 1931 Dorrit Black establish the Modern Art Centre in Sydney which was the first gallery in Australia to focus on modernism. Dorrit’s desire to establish an environment for artist to experiment and move forward in the development of new styles was realised by many of Australia’s budding artists.

The Hero Image today is The Bridge by Dorrit Black.

Lots of cubes!! But one is out of place! One of the buildings is drawn incorrectly taking over the space of the building next door which in reality would only be a couple of metres deep. Cramped living to say the least! See if you can find it and I'll give you the answer tomorrow.

And tomorrow we will look at the work of Grace Crowley and hopefully Anne Dangar.