The Idle Hour




Oil on canvas on hardboard

81.9 cm diam

Art Gallery of NSW

Arthur wrote in 1975:

“The Idle Hour” 1933, a circular painting, was a second version. Originally I had made sculptures of the baby and child, but the advent of Amy Johnson with an escort of 10 planes in 1930 caused me to run outside to look and the model was spoiled. I decided to paint a picture, using the sculptures and a red-headed model as the mother. I grouped them together to see how the light would fall. The brocade on which the baby rests belonged to Lambert’s studio.

Another version of this beautiful circular painting titled “Study for An Idle Hour” is in the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery.