Arthur Fleischmann

(Czechoslovakia, Australia, England 05 Jun 1896 – 02 Mar 1990)


Not on display
Further information

The drawings in this sketchbook were all made between 1939 and 1948 when the artist was resident in Sydney, and is the only extant sketchbook from his Australian period. The drawings include life studies and preliminary ideas or preparatory studies for sculpture, some realized, others not. This was the period when the artist was first experimenting with phenolic resin (an early type of plastic), which ultimately led to his pioneering works in Perspex.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002

circa 1939-circa 1948
Sketchbook, Drawing
bound sketchbook: 15 bound leaves and 2 loose leaves, 17 drawings, pencil on cream wove paper
26.6 x 36.4 cm leaf; 26.6 x 37.0 x 0.7 cm closed book; 26.6 x 73.0 cm open book :
a - page 1: (Studies of female figures, heads, lion), pencil; page 2: (Studies of female heads, female figures, including "Serena" busts), pencil; 26.6 x 36.4 cm
q - loose sheet not from this sketchbook: recto: (Figure holding a bird on a plinth), pencil on cream machine wove paper, 36.7 x 25.0cm [NB: this drawing was placed in the sketchbook and is from the Australian period]; verso: BLANK; 36.7 x 25 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2002
Accession number
© Reproduced with permission of the Arthur Fleischmann Foundation