Albert and Barbara Tucker Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art
29 February to 16 August 2020
Curator: Lili Belle Birchall
In 1952 Albert Tucker travelled to Italy and embarked on a new chapter in his artistic practice. He had left Australia for Europe in 1947, however, it was only after he settled in the quaint seaside town of Noli on the Italian Riviera that he moved away from the expressive urban imagery that had dominated his work throughout the 1940s and early 1950s. Inspired by early Christian and Renaissance art he began to paint biblical narratives about resurrection, rebirth and overcoming adversity. Years later Tucker realised he had subconsciously linked the wounded figures of Christ, martyrs and saints that he observed in Italian churches to memories of his time documenting injured and traumatised soliders in the plastic surgery ward at Heidelberg Military Hospital during World War II.