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Gustave Michael Pillig

Portrait of Victor Cobb 1876-1945
Bronse relief
Signed ‘G. Pillig’ lower centre
16.5 cm

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Inscribed ‘Victor Cobb’ on left and right edges The Dictionary of Australian Artists Online provides the information that Victor Ernest Cobb was an etcher and woodcut printmaker. He was a student at the NGV School of Design in 1895. He worked as a professional printmaker in Victoria from the 1920s. His prints are mainly of buildings. Most are etchings, but he also made about ten woodcuts. References: Cobb Victor, Etchings, 1987 Cobb Victor, La Trobe University catalogue, 1985. Cobb, Victor 'The cut of the painter-etcher', published: in Yearbook of Victorian Art 1922-23 Cobb, Victor, The Woodcuts of Victor E. Cobb, 1876-1945: being a catalogue raisonne of Victor Cobb's woodcuts, a brief essay outlining his philosophy of art and a critical appreciation of the woodcuts and the circumstances under which they were created by Littlewood, Robert C., Melbourne, Jester Press, (limited edn of 130 signed and numbered copies), 1981 Gustav Michael Pillig, a sculptor and painter, was born in Hattingen, Germany in 1877 and died in Melbourne in 1956 after emigrating to Australia in 1913. Around 1919 he produced some striking sculptures which had as their subject the suffering experienced in the First World War. Over the course of his lifetime, Pillig produced many bronze sculptures, porcelain and earthenware ceramics as well as oil paintings, pen drawing and etchings. He is perhaps best known for his master work, entitled The Symphony of Life but also completed the original interiors for the Hoyts' Regent and Palace Theatres in Melbourne which opened in 1929. (Information taken from website:

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