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39. FRED WILLIAMS Australian Landscape I 1969 image
By Ken Wach
09 Jan 2017

In 1968, the National Gallery of Victoria held its inaugural exhibition at its new location in St. Kilda Road, Southbank. The impressive new gallery, designed by the leading architect Roy Grounds (1905-1981), was opened by Sir Henry Bolte (1908-1990) on the evening of Tuesday 20 August 1968. ...

40. FERNAND LÉGER China Town 1943 image
By Ken Wach
09 Jan 2017

Fernand Léger’s China Town of 1943 is a rare and singularly accomplished painting that was created during the artist’s longest visit to America. Its visually arresting compositional attributes are distinctively typical of the sixty-two year old artist’s mature oeuvre in the...

41. TIM STORRIER Serendipity image
By Caroline Jones MA (Art Admin.)
09 Jan 2017

Tim Storrier’s art has come to be amongst the most sought after of the past three decades in Australia – it is also amongst the most beautiful. Despite being an ‘outsider’, a realist painter making a living as an artist during the height of postmodernism, Storrier’s art has flourished. In fact,...

42. GEORGE GITTOES The Beast 2011-2016 image
By Gavin Fry
09 Jan 2017

For more than fifty years George Gittoes has carved out a unique place for himself in Australian art. He has gone where few would dare to travel, both physically and artistically, as a champion of peace in a troubled world. He was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in 2016 for his long battles...

43. ROGER KEMP Untitled 1982 image
By Gavin Fry
09 Jan 2017

Art serves countless purposes in our lives, from simple decoration, commercial enterprise, political protest and cultural identity, to explorations of the human condition and our relationship to spiritual dimensions, belief and our relationship with the world and the cosmos. As an artist, Roger...

44. JEFFREY SMART Dampier III 1967 image
By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
09 Jan 2017

Dampier III, painted in 1967, belongs to the early part of Jeffrey Smart’s maturity as an artist and the start of a long period of important and successful paintings. In many respects, the painting illustrates the artist’s position at this point in time as it draws together the...

45. IRMA STERN Flowers and Beach Landscape 1936 image
By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
09 Jan 2017

Irma Stern is one of South Africa’s best known artists and one of a few South African painters whose reputation extends beyond the African continent. Born in 1894 and raised in Transvaal, she studied art in Germany, first at the Weimar Academy in 1913, and later briefly at the famed Bauhaus. She...

46. FRED WILLIAMS Saplings 1959 image
By Caroline Jones MA (Art Admin.)
09 Jan 2017

‘His career stands as a perpetual reaffirmation of the idea that all great landscape artists teach us how to look anew at our surroundings. After one has grown familiar with his work, it is virtually impossible to gaze upon a tract of scorched red earth, a square of scrubby bush,...

47. TIM STORRIER Night Road image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
09 Jan 2017

‘One evening in 1981, Storrier stuck a couple of steel posts into some arid clayish earth and strung a rope between them. Then he went to the back of his ute, found a tin of lacquer, coated the rope and set it alight. He says he can’t remember why he decided to do it and has no idea where the...

48. ROBERT DICKERSON The Card Players image
By Cameron Menzies
09 Jan 2017

It would have been unbeknown to Robert Dickerson at the time, but as he completed the present, major late-career work, The Card Players, in 2011, a world-renowned painting carrying the same title was quietly changing hands on the other side of the globe.

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