Figures in landscape , Rah Fizelle
  • Artist
    Rah Fizelle
  • Born
    1891
  • Died
    1964
  • Title
    Figures in landscape
  • Date of Production
    1938
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    1023 x 765 mm
  • Credit Details
    H.C.E. Evans Bequest, 1970

Rah Fizelle

Figures in landscape

Fizelle, who studied at the Julian Ashton School Sydney, left for Europe in 1927 to further his studies. On returning to Australia in 1931 he established an art school in Sydney with Grace Crowley which aimed to teach the principles of modernist painting.  A frequent theme in Fizelle's work was the relationship of the human form to the landscape. In a style reminiscent of the work of both Cezanne and Gauguin, Figures in landscape portrays two women against a landscape painted in vibrant hues. Although interested in Cubism, Fizelle never moved on to pure abstraction but developed a system in which details were eliminated so that a balance could be achieved.