(Australia, England 20 Jun 1913 – 21 Oct 2000)
The spirit of the sea
- Not on display
- Further information
In 'The spirit of the sea' 1933 Barbara Tribe has endowed a mythological subject with a modern sensibility. The marine theme was influenced by her upbringing in Sydney's eastern suburbs and was in tune with the classicised reimagining of beach life by Australian artists during the 1930s. Tribe has modelled a mermaid being devoured by a sea creature in 'The spirit of the sea'. Its overt eroticism, represented by the sexual symbolism of the serpent and its contortion of the female figure, is indicative of the vitalist traditions taught by Rayner Hoff with whom Tribe was a student of at East Sydney Technical College.' The spirit of the sea’ was first exhibited in the Society of Artists, Sydney, in 1934, where it and was reviewed favourably in the Sydney Mail.
- plaster, wood
- 39.5 x 41.5 x 23.5 cm
- Signature & date
Signed l.l. verso, incised "Barbara Tribe.". Not dated.
- Bequest of Barbara Tribe 2015
- Accession number
- © Barbara Tribe Foundation