There was a story doing the rounds about this Eric Wilson two sided painting.
Eric was raised a Seventh Day Adventist. So when he painted this luminous Nude he popped a bowl of fruit on the other side so when his mother visited him he could quickly do a switcheroo.
But the real story is less amusing. Historian Mary Eagle says as he was not a wealthy man it was all about saving on the cost of canvas.
| Eric Wilson, Nude, 1939 | Still life 1939, detail |
When Eric’s Nude was placed at the entrance of the office of the CEO of a large company in Melbourne one of the ladies complained about the appropriateness of a nude hanging in the domain of the captain of industry. Another real story.
Here is a detail of a beautifully conceived painting of Eric’s mother, Madeline Wilson (née Hawkes). She was from Wagga Wagga.
| Eric Wilson, Portrait of the artist’s mother, 1936-37, detail, National Gallery of Australia |