Girl, Albert Tucker
  • Artist
    Albert Tucker
  • Born
    1914
  • Died
    1999
  • Title
    Girl
  • Date of Production
    1951
  • Medium
    oil on plywood
  • Dimensions
    61 x 44.3 cm
  • Credit Details
    LJ Wilson Bequest Fund and the Caltex Victorian Government Art Fund, 1982. © Barbara Tucker

Albert Tucker

Girl

After visiting Japan in 1947, Albert Tucker spent a short period in Australia before setting out for Europe where he was to remain for 11years. Tucker then spent approximately two years in the United States of America before returning to Australia in 1960.

A strong advocate for modern art, Tucker believed that war had irretrievably undermined human values and in 1943 to 1948 produced a series of paintings titled Images of Modern Evil which included images of 'Victory Girls' or prostitutes with scarlet mouths, stork necks and truncated bodies. Using the same iconography but a different painting style, Tucker produced a further series of figures in Paris and Germany in 1951. Girl is one of these, having been painted in Neu Isenberg near Frankfurt am Main during the artist's stay in that region.

The painting, with its strong outlines and intense colour, attempts to capture the despair of the times. Unlike the 'Victory Girls' of wartime Melbourne, the prostitute portrayed here is an old woman desperately trying to eke out a living among the bombed buildings of the former Reich.