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Untitled (Two sisters seated)
(c. 1964)

oil on canvas
152.4 × 165.2 cm
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria from the Bequest of Violet Dulieu, Founder Benefactor, 1997
Gallery location
Not on display
The two girls are seated in profile with eyes averted from the viewer. Their bodies blend into one another and are in white silhouette with black outline, softened by pastel and jewel coloured palette of their faces and part of the body. The figures melt into the pale blues of the background and broken brushwork of background and body colours. It has a general literary source in the poems of Shaw Neilsen some of which deal with near-blindness and colour. The painting continues to show the influence of Ben Shahn and also of British artists like Hockney.