(Australia 08 Jul 1902 – 23 Sep 1989)
The idle hour
- Other titles:
- Idle hours
- Not on display
- Further information
I can truthfully say it is the best piece of flesh painting (colour) I've seen ... It was beautifully warmed with the most subtle of grey greens running through, better than Lambert's flesh.
Eric Wilson, 1933
Highlighting his early study under sculptor Rayner Hoff, Arthur Murch first modelled his subject for this painting in plaster in order to study the effects of light. 'The idle hour' exemplifies Murch's skill at painting light and flesh tones. It reveals the influence of the early Renaissance and classical-period statuary on his work, and his own sympathetic observations of family life.
During the 1930s, Murch was a prominent and successful exponent of an approach to painting in which artists sought to tie their depictions of Australian modern life to the classical traditions of European art in their quest for a national culture.
- Place of origin
New South Wales,
- oil on canvas on hardboard
- 81.9 cm diam. sight; 100.0 cm diam. frame
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., brown oil "MURCH.33".
- Purchased 1933
- Accession number
- © Murch Family. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney