Vic O’Connor was a notable participant in the social realist art movement in Melbourne from the 1940s. He made an important contribution to Australian art over a 70 year period. His legacy lives on in his paintings, drawings and prints, with his work represented in the Australian National Gallery as well as in State and Regional galleries.
In the early 1940s, Professor Bernard Smith wrote of O'Connor's painting: 'What struck me first was the lyrical element in his paintings and the sense of compassion that breathed through all of it'. This remained an apt description of his work throughout his long and productive life.
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