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Angels of the First Class: The Anthroposophic Art of Ernesto Genoni, Goetheanum, 1924


Paull, J, Angels of the First Class: The Anthroposophic Art of Ernesto Genoni, Goetheanum, 1924, Vital Years Conference: Cradle of a Heathy Life, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 16 (2016) [Catalogue]

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Ernesto Genoni (1885-1975) was the pioneer of biodynamics in Australia. The exhibition, Angels of the First Class, presents art that he produced under the tutelage of Rudolf Steiner at Dornach, Switzerland, in the year of Steiner's Agriculture Course. A century ago, Ernesto joined the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and served as a stretcher bearer on the killing fields of the Western Front in 1916, in the battles of the Somme and PoziŤres. In 1923, Ernesto wrote to Rudolf Steiner from Italy offering his labour for advancing the Anthroposophy project. Ernesto arrived at Dornach early in 1924 and successfully applied to Dr Steiner for acceptance into the First Class (Erste Klasse der Freien Hochschule fŁr Geisteswissenschaft). The First Class was Steinerís new course of instruction in Spiritual Science for Anthroposophists who were established in their practice. Ernesto had trained for five years in classical art at the prestigious Brera Academy of Fine Art in Milan (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera). At Dornach, in 1924, Ernesto experimented with painting "in the anthroposophic way". The works in the exhibition, Angels of the First Class, are believed to be those works. Eleven images (front cover image and images 5 through 11) were recently revealed stored in a folder in a private collection along with Ernestoís personal poster of the first Goetheanum (image 4). Images 15 and 16 are from two other private collections and are included in this exhibition because, by size, content, and style, they appear to be part of Ernestoís suite of Anthroposophic paintings of 1924. In 1926, Ernesto migrated to Australia (after two previous visits) with the intention of exhibiting his art - most probably his classical style oil paintings - but he was thwarted in this plan by the prevailing Depression. In Australia, Ernesto cofounded the Michael Group in Melbourne (in 1928) for the study of Steinerís works. He taught the First Class in Melbourne and Adelaide. Ernesto was the first Australian member of Steinerís Experimental Circle of Anthroposophic Farmers & Gardeners (in 1928) and he pioneered biodynamics and organics in Australia. Angels of the First Class is believed to be the first exhibition of art works of Ernesto Genoni.

Item Details

Item Type:Catalogue
Keywords:Rudolf Steiner, Anthroposophy, Dornach, Switzerland, First Class, School of Spiritual Science, Brera Academy, Milan, Italy, Australia, Michael Group, Melbourne, Victoria, Adelaide, Experimental Circle of Anthroposophy
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Art history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Paull, J (Dr John Paull)
ID Code:114945
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-03-02
Last Modified:2017-03-06
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