John Joseph Wardell Power (1881-1943) Australia

Biographical Information

Born in Sydney in 1881, John Wardell Power was a medical practitioner who, after the first World War, abandoned medicine for his career in art. Australia's first cubist painter, he lived most of his life in England and Europe. He died on the island of Jersey on 1943. On the death of his wife in 1962, Sydney University received a bequest of around $4 million Power had made for the encouragement of artists. This led to the establishment of the Power Institute of Fine Arts, and subsequently to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Basket of Fruit, c. 1936
Highest Price:
Basket of Fruit, c. 1936
Oil and gouache on linen, 65 x 50 cm
Important Australian and International Art including Private Collections Curated By John Cruthers, Bonhams, Sydney.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings128A$170,800 N/A
Works on Paper11A$18,300 N/A
Prints & Graphics63A$1,298 N/A

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