Ralph BALSON<br/>
<em>Painting</em> 1954 <!-- (recto) --><br />

oil on composition board<br />
70.0 x 95.5 cm<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2004<br />
2004.139<br />
© Ralph Balson Estate

Leap into Pure Abstraction

Mon – Fri, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm

Levels 9–12

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

Delve into the intriguing world of two pioneering Australian abstract artists, whose collaborative journey led them to push artistic boundaries into unchartered territories. Join an NGV educator in the Gallery and explore the legacy of Grace Crowley and Ralph Balson and how their close collaboration propelled them into abstraction.

Cost: $10.5 per student 
Duration: 1 hour

Students will:

  • Discover the significant role Crowley and Balson played in the development of abstract art in Australia.
  • Analyse the materials, techniques and processes involved in Crowley and Balson’s artwork.
  • Identify and connect specific features of the artists’ work to their wider historical, cultural and social context.

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