Category: Work of the week

André Masson’s Ecstacy 1938, 1987 (cast)

André Masson’s Ecstasy, a major new acquisition for the NGV’s sculpture collection, encapsulates the Surrealists’ determination to challenge conventional morality by embedding frank depictions of violence, sexuality and sex within their art. These themes preoccupied Masson throughout the 1930s, during …  More

Margaret Preston Stenocarpus – wheel flower c.1929

When Margaret Preston returned to Australia in 1919 after living in Europe, she called for a truly ‘national art’ founded on the imagery of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. Preston was influenced by Indigenous art as well as by international contemporary art …  More

Robert Jacks Timbrel and harp soothe 1965

Robert Jacks is one of Australia’s most accomplished and significant abstract artists. His debut solo exhibition at Gallery A, Melbourne, in 1966 was an immediate success – the sellout show received extensive critical acclaim and launched Jacks’s artistic career.   …  More

Italy, Florence Pharmacy jar from Santa Maria Nuova c.1430-50

This jar is a classic example of Florentine maiolica of the first half of the fifteenth century. It is decorated with a hound amidst oak leaves, executed in a glossy blue cobalt glaze outlined in purple-brown manganese pigment. Painted on …  More

Romance Was Born Crazy crochet dress, Del eye print leggings and crochet rooster beanie

Embracing craft and textile techniques such as appliqué, crochet and tie-dye in their practice, Sydney fashion house Romance Was Born have built a repertoire of dynamic, playful and engaging work that pays little heed to convention. Outfits in their early …  More

Dong Qichang Mountain landscape 1617

Dong Qichang was a brilliant scholar and a prominent scholar-official of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). To escape political turmoil at the imperial court in Peking (Beijing), his official life was interrupted by long intervals of retirement in the south. Through …  More

Unknown No title (Two boxers) (1850s)

This unusual daguerreotype features two bare-knuckled young American pugilists standing in the balanced boxing stance. Posed indoors, the men stand on a patterned rug in front of an inexpertly attached backdrop. However, it is not the setting that catches our …  More