England 1906 – Australia 1985
Australia from 1913
The Judgement of Paris
sprayed enamel paint with scrafitto on composition board
signed lower right: ' ERNEST PHILPOT'
92.0 (h) x 118.0 (w) cm
Gift of James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson OAM, 2007
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
© Valerie J. Fitch
Ernest Philpot contributed to Western Australian art as a painter, teacher and critic. From the mid-1950s Philpot’s approach to painting was increasingly influenced by Surrealism and abstraction. The Judgement of Paris shows Philpot’s interest in classical culture. Painted with strong intersecting lines, abstracted forms and a flattened sense of perspective, Philpot depicted Paris, a Trojan mortal who has been asked by Zeus to select the fairest of three goddesses: Aphrodite, Hera and Athena.