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Kookaburra Theme: Beginnings

Artist: Robert PRENZEL
Birth/Death: 1866–1941

Title: Kookaburra

Credit Line: Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia: Gift of Mr Roye England, 1988

Robert Prenzel, Australia’s most celebrated carver of the early 20th century, arrived as an immigrant from Germany in 1888. His repertoire of traditional woodcarving skills formed the basis for work in Australia that celebrated native woods, flora and fauna. Following his naturalisation in 1897, Prenzel began to incorporate Australian motifs into furniture and carved panels in a rich regional variation of the European Art Nouveau style, with its emphasis on flowing, natural forms and exotic materials.

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