An image of Hospital theme - the sterilizer

Eric Wilson

(Australia 05 Jan 1911 – 23 Nov 1946)

Hospital theme - the sterilizer

20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

At the time this painting was created, Eric Wilson was working as a ward attendant at Sydney's Lidcombe State Hospital. Drawing inspiration from his surroundings, the subject of this painting is an autoclave – a machine that heats liquids above boiling point to obtain sterilisation. Instead of portraying the machine from a single vantage point, Wilson has embraced cubist theories which attempted to convey three-dimensional objects from several angles at once.

In his later career, Wilson championed cubism in both his teaching and exhibited works, such as 'Hospital theme – the sterilizer', which was shown at the fourth annual Contemporary Art Society exhibition in 1942.

oil on hardboard
81.3 x 47.0 cm board; 95.0 x 59.8 x 6.7 cm frame :
0 - Whole; 81 x 46 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, red oil "Eric Wilson". Dated l.l. corner, pencil "42".
Purchased 1945
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