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AXEL POIGNANT
1906-1986

Swagman 1953

Estimate $4,000 – $6,000

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AXEL POIGNANT

1906-1986
Swagman 1953

gelatin silver print, printed 1978
dated and inscribed 'Swagman 1953' lower left; signed and dated 'Axel Poignant / -78' lower right
40.5 x 30.5 (image); 50.5 x 40 (sheet)

  • Lot Sold $4,000 (Hammer Price)
  • $4,880 (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)

Provenance

Axel Poignant, London
Gael Newton, Canberra, acquired from the above in 1979

Exhibited

Six Photographers, David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney, 30 May - 6 June 1955, no. 145 (another example)
Three Years On: Acquisitions 1978-81, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 October - 1 December 1981, no. 34 (another example)
Axel Poignant: Photographs 1922-1980, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 17 July - 29 August 1982, no. 74 (another example)
D'un autre continent: l'Australie, la rêve et le réel, Musée d'Art Modern de la Ville de Paris, 4 October - 4 December 1983 (label verso)
Seeing Is Believing: The Art in Photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 December 1985 - 19 January 1986 (another example)
Axel Poignant: Australien-Land Och M\xE4nniskor, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, 18 November 1988 - 9 January 1989 (another example)
Masterpieces Of Australian Photography, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney, 24 June - 22 July 1989, no. 325 (another example)
Four Photographers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2 June - 19 August 1990 (another example)
Photographs From The Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 March - 09 May 1993 (another example)
Australian Post War Photo Documentary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 June - 8 August 2004 (another example)
Face to Face: An Exhibition of Portrait and Figurative Photography from the Albany Regional Gallery Collection, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 29 January - 6 March 2005 (another example)

Literature

Laurence Le Guay (ed), Australian Photography: A Contemporary View, James Coleman, Globe Publishing, Sydney, 1978, p. 11
Gael Newton, Silver and Grey: Fifty Years of Australian Photography, 1900-1950, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1980, (illustrated plate 96, another example)
Gael Newton, Axel Poignant: Photographs 1922-1980, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Beaver Press, Sydney, 1982, front cover (illustrated, another example)
Joseph Lebovic, Joanne Cahill, Susette Cooke, Masterpieces of Australian Photography: Twentieth Century Photography, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney, 1989, p. 183 (illustrated, another example)
Roslyn Poignant, 'The Swagman's After Image', in Blair French (ed) Photo Files: An Australian Photography Reader, Power Publications and Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, 1999, pp. 107, 108 (Illustrated, another example), 116
Rose Peel, 'Australian Post-War Photo-Documentary', in Judy Annear (ed), Photography: Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2007, pp. 194, 201 (illustrated, another example)

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