Harry (Hendricus) de Hartog
Untitled - still life (smoked haddock), 1937
Oil on Windsor and Newton London Artist Board
signed and dated 1937 upper right
30.0 x 40.0 cm
$3200 including GST
Provenance: Mossgreen auction, 25 October, 2010, lot193.
Henricus (Harry) De Hartog was born in Rotterdam in 1902 and arrived in Australia in 1923. He was a self-taught social realist painter in Melbourne and was closely associated with Noel Counihan, Josl Bergner and Vic O'Connor. He joined the Communist Party of Australia. Other artist members included Herbert McClintock, Danila Vassilieff, Roy Dalgarno, Albert Tucker and Bernard Smith. He exhibited with the Contemporary Art Society and succeeded George Bell as president of the Society in 1940. He died in Melbourne on 21st May 1985. Harry de Hartog’s work was included in Art & Social Commitment - an end to the city of dreams 1931 - 1948, at the Art Gallery of NSW in 1984