An Opera House in every home, linocut by Eric Thake
An Opera House in every home, linocut by Eric Thake.
1972, linocut, 13.7 x 21cm. Geelong Gallery Collection. Gift of the Friends of the Gallery and the Gallery Grasshoppers, 1986.
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Reproduced courtesy the estate of the artist.
Representative of Geelong Gallery’s longstanding commitment to collecting the work of Australian printmakers, Thake’s An Opera House in every home is one of forty of the artist’s annual Christmas cards acquired in 1986 with the support of two of the gallery’s key membership groups - the Friends of the Gallery and the Gallery Grasshoppers.
Each year, from 1941 to 1980, Thake created and distributed his unique Christmas cards—initially taking the form of linocuts and from 1975 lithographs—that combined his clever wit and distinctive visual style. An Opera House in every home is one of his best-known works from the series; it celebrated Christmas 1972, the year before the Sydney Opera House was officially opened. Here he likens the sail-like structures of Jørn Utzon’s distinctively-designed building to dishes drying in a dish-rack, with the water in the adjoining sink representing Sydney Harbour.