The scourge of Job
The scourge of Job

John Perceval

1923 - The scourge of Job 1947
  • oil on wood panel
69.2 cm x 73.4 cm

John Perceval was the last surviving member of a group known as the Angry Penguins who redefined Australian art in the 1940s. Other members included John Reed, Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Albert Tucker. He was also an Antipodean and contributed to the Antipodeans exhibition of 1959.


Perceval is best known for his lively scenes, such as this depiction from the Old Testament story of Job, setting dramatic scenes from biblical stories and mythology within a very Australian setting.

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The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Custodians of Country and recognises their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

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