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Dora Ohlfsen

(Australia 22 Aug 1869 – 07 Feb 1948)

The awakening of Australian art

Location
Not on display
Further information

Dora Ohlfsen’s medal 'The awakening of Australia art' 1907, garnered her international recognition. Exhibited in Paris, it was acquired by the French government for the Petit Palais. It was Ohlfen’s first work to enter a public collection. The following year, the medal received an award at the Franco-British exhibition in London. Initially rejected by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, it was eventually purchased in 1909-10.

Though the richest opportunities for her work were in Europe, Ohlfsen often spoke of her love for Australia. Here she captures what she described as its palpable ‘feeling of newness and vitality and power. Australians … desire to get everything out of life. We are untrammelled by traditions.’

Year
1907
Media
Sculpture
Medium
3 bronze medallions
Dimensions
29.5 cm part a diameter; 29.5 cm part b diameter; 5.2 cm part c diameter :
a - The awakening of Australian art, 29.5 cm
b - The awakening of Australian art, 29.5 cm
c - recto, The awakeing of Australian art; verso, The awakening of Australian art, 5.2 cm
Frame dimensions previously noted refer to a presentation frame housing all 3 objects, since dismantled and destroyed.
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.c., incised "DORA OHLFSEN 1907" part a; l.l. , incised "DORA OHLFSEN 1907" part b; l.c., incised recto "DORAH OHLFSEN 1907"; l.l., incised verso "DORA OHLFSEN 1907"

Credit
Purchased 1910
Accession number
1195.a-c