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Title

Italian landscape drawing

1960


Artist

Janet Dawson

Australia

1935 -


About

This drawing was made in December 1960 in Melbourne, shortly after Janet Dawson returned to Australia from Europe, courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria Traveling Scholarship. In Europe she had experienced a direct introduction to contemporary art, which was to have a profound effect on her work, as was the influence of her teacher at the Slade School, Ceri Richards.

The latter period of her time abroad was spent in Italy where she lived for some months in the village of Anticoli Corrado in the Sabine Mountains near Rome.

"The drawings she produced of the Italian landscape are abstracted lyrical responses to the physical experience of being there. The soft black charcoal shapes are not so much descriptive as sensual renderings of places, hills, trees and folds of valleys ... her use of formal devices of abstraction (are) embedded in a genuine response to the sensations of the landscape itself."
Deborah Clark, The drawings of Janet Dawson National Gallery of Australia 1996 pp.3-4

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001


Details


Place where the work was made

Melbourne Victoria Australia


Date

1960


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

charcoal on thick ivory wove paper


Dimensions

77.0 x 90.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., pencil "J. Dawson ´60".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Arthur Boyd Acquisition Fund 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

108.2001


Artist information

Janet Dawson

Works in the collection

12


Place

Where the work was made
Melbourne

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Christine France, Janet Dawson survey, Bathurst, 2006, 13, 15 (colour illus.), 67. cat.no. 5; plate no. 4 NOTE: this work was only shown at the first three venues of the tour