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Lot 80. ARTHUR STREETON Ruins, Peronne image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
07 Nov 2020
Lot 72. MAX DUPAIN The Sunbaker 1937 image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
07 Nov 2020
1. BRETT WHITELEY Henri's Armchair 1974-75 image
By menzies
28 Oct 2020

While he knew that a painter’s ‘best spokesman’ was their work, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) still went to great lengths to explain his creative process. In 1908, he recorded his thoughts about order and clarity, the way a work of art should be ‘harmonious in its entirety’ and its entire...

1. TOM ROBERTS Dandenongs Landscape image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
21 Oct 2020

Tom Roberts’ paintings of the 1920s reveal his renewed delight in the Australian landscape, having spent the last two decades abroad in England and continental Europe.  In March 1923, the artist and his wife Lillie purchased land at South Sassafras (now Kallista) in the Dandenong Ranges, where...

8. ARTHUR BOYD Irrigation Lake, Wimmera image
By Gavin Fry
21 Oct 2020

A reader of the art reviews in Australian newspapers before World War II would note a familiar theme common to many – the reviewer would wax lyrical on the charm and beauty of the subjects chosen by the artist and then opine as to how faithfully they had been rendered in the painting. The...

25. EUGÈNE BOUDIN The Meuse near Dordrecht image
By Michael Desmond
21 Oct 2020

Eugène Boudin’s free brushwork, contemporary subject matter and attention to atmospheric effects are evident in this delightful work.   He was one of the first French artists to extol the virtues of plein air painting, and he encouraged the eighteen-year-old Claude Monet (1840-1926) to...

26. FREDERICK McCUBBIN Washing Day, Brighton image
By David Thomas
21 Oct 2020

By 1896, Frederick and Annie McCubbin and their growing family had moved to New Street, Brighton, a place popular with many artists at that time. Their neighbours included John Mather (1848-1916), John Longstaff (1862-1941), Tudor St George Tucker (1862-1906) and Alexander Colquhoun (1862-1941...

27. ARTHUR STREETON The Ballarat Dump, St Gratien image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
21 Oct 2020

On 14 May 1918, Arthur Streeton arrived in France as an official war artist of the Commonwealth, having previously aided the Allied war effort from London as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps.  After preliminary training in Boulogne, Streeton was assigned to the 2nd Division of the...

28. TOM ROBERTS North Shore image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
21 Oct 2020

Before the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, travellers wishing to make their way across the harbour were obliged to make a lengthy journey inland or else use a ferry. At Milson’s Point, directly across the water from Circular Quay, the ferry provided a regular service which could take...

29. FRED WILLIAMS Gum Trees in Landscape III image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
21 Oct 2020

Gum Trees in Landscape III is a fine example of Fred Williams’ mature work and the diversity of his practice. This gem of a picture forms part of a celebrated group of paintings, prints and drawings that begin with his You Yang pictures in 1963 and continue in the Upwey and Lysterfield...

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