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Accession number 1955_27
Artwork title Child
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Date of work 1953
Credit Line / Acquisition Information Acquisitive: City of Lismore Art Prize winner 1955


Oil on board

Signed & Dated Molvig '53 brhc
Display Height / Width 630cm x 475cm
Artwork Statement

The Child by Jon Molvig was the winning work of the Third Annual Lismore Art Prize in 1955. The painting caused much comment and controversy as it explored modernist ideas about art which many people were uncomfortable with at that time. One letter to the editor of The Northern Star described the painting as “as flat as the canvas on which it is painted. It is a poor caricature in sickly colour”.

Molvig was one of the most important artists in the Brisbane art scene during the period between 1950 and 1970.

It is suspected that the child depicted may be the son of fellow painter and friend of Molvig, John Rigby.