Intelligentsia

Louis Kahan's portraits of writers

This exhibition brings together Louis Kahan’s remarkable portraits of writers for the provocative literary and cultural journal Meanjin from 1955 to 1974. With Kahan’s inspired contributions, Meanjin became, in Geoffrey Blainey’s words ‘an illuminating mirror of Australian cultural life’.

Art Exhibition previously on at Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 20 January 2009 to Sunday 19 April 2009

Patrick White 1960 image

Published by Ian Potter Museum of Art on Sunday 15 March 2009.
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Louis Kahan AO (1905–2002) had a magical ability to depict the facial idiosyncrasies of his subjects and the physiognomic traits of the thinking, working mind. Drawn from the University of Melbourne’s collections, the exhibition includes over fifty drawings of writers, poets and intellectuals including Patrick White, Christina Stead, Miles Franklin and Geoffrey Blainey.