Text corrections

William Dobell's Art in Book Form
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 14 September 1946, page 8
Article ILLUSTRATED
ChangedByOld LinesNew Lines
2010-06-19 21:29:12.0user:public:ray-coffeythe cocknev, for whose joyful
optimism and wit he betravs a par-
ticular love m such revealing snap-
shot« of life as ' Saddle-My Nag, '
Costers Dancing ' ' Derbv Day,"
CcnAnev Mother " ' The Fortune
Teller ' "The Red Ladv," and many
others But there is that sl>, satirical
-1 a noisy life lived unashamedly in
ever their origin "Mrs South Ken-
lin, 'Joshua Smith," the "Irish
of Bow Bells, while his "Brian Pen
'Jack the Ripper stalked his prey.
tempt for fine graces and a "snooti
ness ' largelv imagined
The Pnma Donna," "Elaine Hax
ton, ' "Mrs Blaxland ' and "Jacque
line Crookstone ' share the honour for
being thus envisioned their own char-
acteristics for once are m abeyance
Dobell is nothing if not obvious
looked for here
-if we find vulgantv, it is felt so
would say-this time the world of
O INCE subject matter is an integral
0 part of his art, it is as well to point
only to the most expressive points
for example-for the rest a rather
that Dobell can be likened to Prow
painter
observation is certainlj not all-em-
bracing
quahtv-on the contrary he r*
assertive, he does not suggest, he
imposes
the essential architecture and the for
malism of the mural stvle He can pre-
sent the single figure dramaticalb
'Joshua Smith," 'Brian Penton ' and
the Street Singer" are wonderful ex
amples here-but generall> his <ense
of composition and his wav of deal
mg with the subsidiary passages re
veal his greatest weaknesses
sensitive painter The later works are
more effecuve, more fiambovant,
possiblv more original-there is more
spice but less humanity It is a point
which the peruser of this most inter
estmg book (which contains nearlv
all Dobell s output over the last 14
vears) can decide for himself
-P.H.
the cockney, for whose joyful
optimism and wit he betrays a par-
ticular love in such revealing snap-
shots of life as "Saddle-My-Nag, "
"Costers Dancing," "Derby Day,"
Cockney Mother," "The Fortune
Teller," "The Red Lady," and many
others. But there is that sly, satirical
a noisy life lived unashamedly in
ever their origin "Mrs. South Ken-
lin," "Joshua Smith," the "Irish
of Bow Bells, while his "Brian Pen-
"Jack the Ripper" stalked his prey.
tempt for fine graces and a "snooti-
ness largely imagined.
The "Prima Donna," "Elaine Hax-
ton," "Mrs. Blaxland," and "Jacque-
line Crookstone" share the honour for
being thus envisioned, their own char-
acteristics for once are in abeyance
Dobell is nothing if not obvious.
looked for here.
- if we find vulgarity, it is felt so
would say - this time the world of
SINCE subject matter is an integral
part of his art, it is as well to point
only to the most expressive points -
for example - for the rest a rather
that Dobell can be likened to Proust
painter.
observation is certainly not all-em-
bracing.
quality - on the contrary he is
assertive; he does not suggest, he
imposes.
the essential architecture and the for-
malism of the mural style. He can pre-
sent the single figure dramatically -
"Joshua Smith," 'Brian Penton," and
the "Street Singer" are wonderful ex-
amples here - but generally his sense
of composition and his way of deal-
ing with the subsidiary passages re-
veal his greatest weaknesses.
sensitive painter. The later works are
more effective, more flamboyant,
possibly more original - there is more
spice but less humanity. It is a point
which the peruser of this most inter-
esting book (which contains nearly
all Dobell's output over the last 14
vears) can decide for himself.
- P.H.
2010-06-19 20:31:01.0user:public:ray-coffeyWilliam DobelVs Art in Book Form
"The Arl of William Dobell,"
an introduction by Brian Penlon
in black and while).-Ure Smilh
Ply., Ltd.
I DobeU's "Mrs. South Kensington"
His work rs iucisTve and sometimes
verr powerful, but it H «xtremely
limited, not only m its base, but, as
a consequerfce, also m its ascent
Dobell s art is brief and brilliant
It is literary, and at its best survevs
festation-a quick summing up, 3
world of înteresung types
This work is entirely English Tech-
is Hogarth
lUustraüon and caricature is quite
unequalled Perhaps only m Japanese
l"th and France of the 19th cen
tun.
William Dobell's Art in Book Form
"The Art of William Dobell,"
an introduction by Brian Penton
in black and while). - Ure Smith
Pty., Ltd.
Dobell's "Mrs. South Kensington"
His work is incisive and sometimes
very powerful, but it is extremely
limited, not only in its base, but, as
a consequence, also in its ascent.
Dobell's art is brief and brilliant.
It is literary, and at its best, surveys
festation - a quick summing up: a
world of interesting types.
This work is entirely English. Tech-
is Hogarth.
illustration and caricature is quite
unequalled. Perhaps only in Japanese
17th and France of the 19th cen-
tury.

National Library of Australia