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Ralph Balson

Painting No. 11 (Matter Series), 1960

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Catalogue number: 4

enamel on board

122.00 x 91.50

signed and dated l.r.

Provenance: Private collection, NSW; To Bloomfield Galleries, 1989; To Charles Nodrum Gallery, 1989; Private Collection, Sydney, since then
Exhibited: Ralph Balson, Galerie Creuze, Paris, Nov 1960. Ralph Balson, David Jones Gallery, 1962 (possibly) Balson - Matter Paintings, Gallery A, 1969, Sydney and Melbourne; Modern Australian Painting, Charles Nodrum Gallery, 1989. Abstraction II, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Oct 2002.
Literature & references: Catalogues of both above exhibitions (illustrated) Reviews of the Gallery A Exhibition: Elwyn Lynn, The Bulletin, June 7th 1969, p 46, illus. Daniel Thomas “Black is beautiful” Sunday Telegraph, Sydney, 25th May 1969 in reference specifically to the black and white paintings he wrote: “Balson’s final black paintings must be the grandest, most museum-worthy, most aristocratic pictures ever made in Australia” – quoted in: David Pestorius High achievement or creative byway: the erratic reception of Ralph Balson’s ‘Matter’ paintings, unpublished MA thesis, QUT, Brisbane 2003, illustrated plate 13.
Note: The correct title is taken from previous catalogues as Painting No 11. It is one of three larger format works painted near Paris for Balson's forthcoming exhibition. Another, landscape format, is in the NGA in Canberra; the third, in a private collection in Queensland.

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