John Walker Prahran 3 1981

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Artist
John Walker born 1939
Title
Prahran 3
Date 1981
Medium Etching and aquatint on paper
Dimensions Image: 450 x 298 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
P07749
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These five prints belong to the 'The Prahan Etchings', a group of 23 etchings which Walker executed in 1981. Some of these prints were inspired by the figure of the young girl in Goya's painting 'Duchess of Alba'. Walker became fascinated by this painting as a student and copied it often. The way Walker abstracted this figure is clearly visible in Prahran 3. It reappears in Prahran 8, 12 and 17. Other prints in the series, notably Prahran 5, were loosely based on Velasquez's 'Las Meninas'. Walker called these prints 'Labyrinths', referring to the deep space which surrounds the figures. By referring to old master paintings Walker emphasises the continuity between art of the past and the present.

August 2004

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