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42. JACQUES LIPCHITZ Homme Assis à la Clarinette II 1971 image
By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Cubism was the most important art movement in the last Century and art historians now agree that Jacques Lipchitz was the first Cubist sculptor. 1.

Lipchitz’s sculptures have always been very highly regarded and the incisively perceptive Pablo Picasso was one of their earliest...

41. FRED WILLIAMS Werribee Gorge II 1978 image
By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

One extraordinary thing is often forgotten: the collection of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra is housed in the Fred Williams Galleries. This unusual and fitting honour was awarded in tribute to an extraordinary artist.

One of the most remarkable things...

40. RUSSELL DRYSDALE Red Landscape 1958 image
By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Russell Drysdale was an unusually significant artist. He not only changed how we see and perceive Australia’s rural interior landscapes, but also lived long enough to see his artistic themes and broad humanist convictions adopted by a later generation of artists and accepted by the Australian...

39. JOHN PERCEVAL The Moored Shark Boat 1959 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
28 Aug 2015

John Perceval’s Williamstown series of paintings form a coveted collection of works. Most of the thirty or so paintings that he produced around Williamstown and the mouth of the Yarra River during 1956 to 1959 are held either in major public collections or were acquired early on by astute...

By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Most people in Australia know Lloyd Rees’s paintings. Most in Sydney value them highly. This justifiably high regard has a long history. In fairness, it must be admitted that at times such great regard has waxed and waned and that, in the minds of some, there were periods when Rees’s reputation...

Garry Shead Young Prince of Tyre image
By Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA
28 Aug 2015

Young Prince of Tyre and Colloquy with John Keats, both painted in 2003, are two early key paintings in the Ern Malley series in which there is a specific reference to the verse of Ern Malley, details from the poet’s biography, as well as a general philosophical exploration of the idea that a...

By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Jeffrey Smart was an extremely well-travelled artist. His many road trips as a passenger (he did not drive) provided him with the opportunity to scan urban and suburban landscapes looking for strange juxtapositions, unusual events and odd placements. Such metropolitan vignettes were collected by...

By Tim Abdallah, Head of Art
28 Aug 2015

Nolan first addressed the Burke and Wills story as a young artist in 1948, fresh from completing his groundbreaking first Kelly series. He returned to the subject in the early 1960s and again twenty years later, towards the end of his career. The Flogging belongs to the last of these important...

William Kentridge Latopolis image
By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

The art works of William Kentridge arise from the inner promptings of humanitarian sentiments. His upbringing in South Africa’s Johannesburg (“that rather desperate provincial city”he later called it) placed him in the uniquely strained situation of seeing social injustice at first hand. This...

By Ken Wach
28 Aug 2015

Robert Klippel’s Opus 751 of 1989 is significant for at least three compelling reasons. Firstly, Klippel’s sculptures, especially bronzes, have a deserved “hold” status among discerning collectors and it is uncommon to see them offered at public auction. Secondly, the present work is a fine and...

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