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Perils of the studio

Alex Taylor
Australian Scholarly Publishing in association with the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 224pp Illustrated ISBN 9781740971493

In the early twentieth century, there was much speculation about what was going on behind the curtains of bohemia. In Perils of the studio, Alex Taylor explores how the romance and mythology surrounding the notion of the artist's studio influenced the character of the artist in Australian society.

Focusing on Melbourne's inner-city bohemia, including the famous Grosvenor Chambers at 9 Collins Street, this book is the first major work to examine the role of the studio in Australian art. A unique cultural history, it combines stories and anecdotes drawn from period newspapers and magazines with over 100 rarely-seen works by painters, photographers and cartoonists.

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