Ernest PHILPOT | The Judgement of Paris

England 1906 – Australia 1985
Australia from 1913

The Judgement of Paris c.1955
sprayed enamel paint with scrafitto on composition board
signed lower right: ' ERNEST PHILPOT'
92.0 (h) x 118.0 (w) cm
Gift of James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson OAM, 2007
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
NGA 2007.910
© Valerie J. Fitch

Ernest Philpot contributed to Western Australian art as a painter, teacher and critic. From the mid-1950s Philpot’s approach to painting was increasingly influenced by Surrealism and abstraction. The Judgement of Paris shows Philpot’s interest in classical culture. Painted with strong intersecting lines, abstracted forms and a flattened sense of perspective, Philpot depicted Paris, a Trojan mortal who has been asked by Zeus to select the fairest of three goddesses: Aphrodite, Hera and Athena.

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