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Bedroom still life
(c. 1948)

pastel on black paper
26.4 × 35.8 cm irreg. (image and sheet)
Accession Number
Australian Prints & Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Felicity St John Moore, 1996
Gallery location
Not on display
Depicts a series of objects from the artist's bedroom which are drawn in rich, brightly coloured pastels on black paper. " This composition of objects chosen for variations in shape, colour and texture was done as a homework for Bell. The central arrangement of hat, handbags, gloves and newspaper is piled up on bare floor-boards which lead the eye back to the suitcase in the upper left and across to the vases on the right. The red heart on the black vase was invented to stop the corner from receding into depth." (Felicity St John Moore. 'Classical Modernism: The George Bell Circle, NGV, Melbourne, 1992, p.119)