Joseph Connor and the Sydney Moderns by Don and Maggie Row | Hardback
This book provides a well-illustrated and reasoned assessment of Joseph Connor’s place in Australian art, an assessment helped immeasurably by the inclusion of images of many iconic works held within the artist’s family. The roles and motives of the powerful few who controlled the Sydney art scene of the twenties and rewrote its history are laid bare. A detailed year-by-year examination of achievement in this arcane world reveals Connor as one of the painters who determined the form that Australian Post-Impressionism assumed by decade’s end. A no-nonsense comparison of his contribution with that of Margaret Preston speaks for itself and completes a compelling case for Connor’s inclusion as one of the half dozen leading Sydney moderns. The catalogue raisonné, biography, and correspondence with key figures complete an indispensable reference work.
This hard-hitting and balanced re-assessment casts new light on the Sydney art world of the 1920s … together with a remarkable collection of illustrations …
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