(Russia, Australia 1873–1930)
- Not on display
- Further information
"In 'shop' the artist has arranged the elements of his profession: the portrait subject ... the lay figure (first aid to the mastery of drapery); and, lastly, the painter himself ..."
- Norman Lindsay 1919
Painted in Lambert's London studio, 'The shop' is an eloquent comment on the artificiality of studio portraiture. Lambert presents a formal arrangement of figures in which a model dressed as King Edward VII (of whom he painted a portrait at around this time) and a dummy model made from fabric, are counterpointed by a self-portrait of the artist himself at extreme right, acknowledging the viewer.
The title, an abbreviation of artist's 'workshop' also alludes to the inevitable fabrication necessary to any trade.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
- Place of origin
- oil on canvas
- 71.0 x 91.5cm stretcher; 83.5 x 104.1 x 4.4cm frame
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "G.W. LAMBERT/ 1909-".
- Purchased 1961
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