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ID: 700001842Record Type: Movable Work
Images: 1
Nude and moon (painting (visual work); Godfrey Miller (Australian painter, 1893-1964); 1961-1964; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Welling...; 1965-0005-1)
Note: "Nude and moon" is one of a series of reclining female nudes painted between 1954 and 1964. The full impact of Miller's modernist training together with his esoteric spiritualist beliefs is felt in this work. The figure and other elements are carefully laid out according to geometric divisions based on the proportions of the golden section, while forms are reduced to a basic geometric vocabulary of circle and rectangle, straight and curved line. The simplicity and tight geometry of the composition imbue the figure with a sense of monumentality and timelessness. Miller's quest for what he termed 'Unity,' the artistic expression of his belief in a cosmic unity, is articulated through the dense grid of ruled lines that divide the canvas. This grid extends to and, by implication, beyond the edges of the painting, and literally and symbolically connects and unifies all elements of the image - nude, moon and the space in between - into a harmonious and exquisitely ordered composition. (Elena Taylor, 2009)
Titles:
Nude and moon (preferred,C,U,RP,English-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
painting (visual work) [300033618] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (Hierarchy Name), Visual Works (Hierarchy Name), visual works (works), <visual works by material or technique>)

Classifications:
paintings (preferred)

Creation Date: 1961-1964

Creator Display:
Godfrey Miller (Australian painter, 1893-1964) [preferred,VP]
painter Miller, Godfrey (Australian painter, 1893-1964) [500011580]
Locations:
Current: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Wellington region, North Island, New Zealand) [500311561] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: 1965-0005-1
Credit Line: Purchased 1965 from Wellington City Council Picture Purchase Fund
Creation: Sydney [7001923] New South Wales (state), Australia (nation), Oceania (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Display Materials: oil and ink on canvas
oil paint (paint) [300015050]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by function>, coating (material), <coating by form>, paint (coating), <paint by composition or origin>)
ink [300015012]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by function>, coating (material), <coating by form>)
canvas [300014078]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by form>, <materials by physical form>, <fiber and fiber products>, fiber products, textile materials, <textile materials by process or technique>)

Dimensions: Image: 635 (Height) x 1005 (Width) x mm; Frame: 987 (Height) x 1399 (Width) x 60 (Depth) mm
General Subject:
human figure(s) (preferred )

Specific Subjects:
nude (representation) [300189568]
.....(Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (Hierarchy Name), Visual Works (Hierarchy Name), visual works (works), <visual works by subject type>, figures (representations)) (AAT)
Moon [7030645]
.....(Earth (planet), Solar System (planetary system), Milky Way Galaxy (galaxy), Extraterrestrial Places (facet)) (TGN)
couch (reclining furniture) [300038583]
.....(Objects Facet, Furnishings and Equipment (Hierarchy Name), Furnishings (Hierarchy Name), furnishings (artifacts), <furnishings by form or function>, furniture, <furniture by form or function>, <sleeping and reclining furniture>) (AAT)

List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Top of the CONA hierarchy
.......... Movable Work
Sources and Contributors:
Nude and moon........ [VP]
........ Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
........ Te Papa online (2000-) http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ObjectDetails.aspx?oid=37943; accessed 22 August 2012
Subject: ....... [VP]
Note:
English ..... [VP]
..... Te Papa online (2000-) http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ObjectDetails.aspx?oid=37943; accessed 22 August 2012
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