Ethel Spowers (Australian, 1890-1947) Gust of Wind (Coppel ES 15) Linocut printed in red, viridian, yellow ochre and cobalt blue, 1930-31, a richly inked impression, on buff oriental laid tissue, signed, titled, dated and numbered 19/50 in pencil, with margins, 218 x 164mm (8 5/8 x 6 1/2in) (B)
Lot 43*
Ethel Spowers (Australian, 1890-1947) Gust of Wind (Coppel ES 15) Linocut printed in red, viridian, yellow ochre and cobalt blue, 1930-31, a richly inked impression, on buff oriental laid tissue, signed, titled, dated and numbered 19/50 in pencil, with margins, 218 x 164mm (8 5/8 x 6 1/2in) (B)
Sold for £67,250 (US$ 106,067) inc. premium

Lot Details
Ethel Spowers (Australian, 1890-1947)
Gust of Wind (Coppel ES 15)
Linocut printed in red, viridian, yellow ochre and cobalt blue, 1930-31, a richly inked impression, on buff oriental laid tissue, signed, titled, dated and numbered 19/50 in pencil, with margins, 218 x 164mm (8 5/8 x 6 1/2in) (B)

Footnotes

  • The 'Gust of Wind' exemplifies Spowers' distinctive style of simplified forms combined with a strong sense of movement. In 1932 the Sydney Morning Herald commented "Frankly modernist in her outlook, and using colour solely for brilliant effects and not at all with the idea of reproducing the colours of actual objects as seen by normal eyes, Miss Spowers nevertheless displays bold and accurate draughtmanship in her most daring flights of fancy, allied with a wonderful gift of representing men, women, and children in rapid or strenuous action...The figures are drawn with modernist freedom, but the drawing is always expressive."

    Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the Machine Age, (London: Scholar Press, 1995), 173.
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