An image of Tulips and other stimulants

George W Lambert

(Russia, Australia 1873 – 1930)

Tulips and other stimulants

Not on display
Further information

George W Lambert's still life 'Tulips and other stimulants' presents the viewer with a complex composition and indicates his interest in formal design. The painting's title playfully alludes to the aromatic and intoxicating qualities of the objects it depicts: a jug of tulips and a single rose, a basin of ripe fruit, a decanter of red wine and a wine glass. The objects are artificially arranged in shallow representational space, upon a patterned tablecloth and mottled backdrop. A review published in the Sydney Morning Herald in 1927 noted, 'Except for a certain flatness in the treatment of the jug, the painting is subtle and strong, brilliant in tone and texture'. The flatness of the work reflects its modernist underpinnings: elements are simplified with a particular emphasis on pattern, texture and colour.

oil on canvas
52.1 x 60.6 cm stretcher; 72.3 x 82.3 x 6.5 cm frame :
0 - Whole; 49.4 x 59.5 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, blue oil "G.W. LAMBERT/ 1927".

Purchased 1927
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