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40. JOHN OLSEN Jean de Florette 1989 image
By Ken Wach
01 Nov 2017

As time goes on, John Olsen’s unique artistic status grows. There’s no doubt that his exceptional talent was recognised early. Solo exhibitions at Sydney’s Macquarie Galleries in 1955 and 1958 showed him to be in the creative grip of a new stream of pictorial techniques and thematic subjects...

41. JEFFREY SMART The Yellow Line 2007 image
By Ken Wach
01 Nov 2017

Jeffrey Smart’s best paintings always have an oddly familiar sense of disquiet. His The Yellow Line of 2007 is one such work.

In its items and atmosphere, the painting’s depicted subject matter is both strangely odd and vaguely familiar. Through it one sees afresh that which once...

43. FRED WILLIAMS Waterpond, Cottlesbridge 1976 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
01 Nov 2017

Waterpond, Cottlesbridge 1976, is from an accomplished group of paintings that Fred Williams produced over 1975 and 1976. This was a period of renewed formal experimentation in his work and a reacquaintance with key subjects and motifs that were accessible within a short drive from his...

44. BRETT WHITELEY The Shower 1984 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
01 Nov 2017

The Shower, 1984, is a relatively late example of Brett Whiteley’s much-loved theme of the female nude showering or taking a bath. Inspired by his first wife and muse, Wendy, the painting displays Whiteley’s prodigious talent as a draughtsman and how he fashioned images of sensitivity...

45. JACQUES LIPCHITZ Homme Assis à la Clarinette II 1971 image
By Ken Wach
01 Nov 2017

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...

46. ROBERT KLIPPEL Opus 751 1989 image
By Ken Wach
01 Nov 2017

Robert Klippel’s Opus 751 of 1989 is significant for at least four 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...

47. ARTHUR BOYD The Homestead c1984 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

Arthur Boyd’s first Wimmera landscapes were conceived in 1948-49, when he and the poet Jack Stephenson embarked on a painting trip to Horsham. Considered the regional capital of Victoria’s Wimmera area, Horsham is set to the north of The Grampians on the banks of the Wimmera River, approximately...

48. GARRY SHEAD The Dub 1997 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

The Dub 1997 by Garry Shead is a painting from the Royal Suite, a series inspired by the Royal Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Australia in 1954. Painted in the 1990s, at a time when interest in the Monarchy was heightened in Australia, Shead combines memory and imagination, creating...

49. BRETT WHITELEY Girl Riding a Bicycle 1974 image
By Gavin Fry
01 Nov 2017

Brett Whiteley was certainly the most talked about, written about and argued about artist of his generation. To many he was a genius, to others, a talented show-off with a propensity for self-promotion and bravado that detracted rather than reinforced perceptions of his art. Whatever one’s view...

50. ROSALIE GASCOIGNE Feathered Chairs 1978 image
By Michael Desmond
01 Nov 2017

Despite their unusual appearance, this set of feathered chairs is not a departure from Rosalie Gascoigne's usual practice.  This work does not record, despite the reference to furniture in the title, a move to decorative arts - this feathered pair were never intended to function as seating -...

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