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
charcoal on thick ivory wove paper
77.0 x 90.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., pencil "J. Dawson ´60".
Purchased with funds provided by the Arthur Boyd Acquisition Fund 2001
Not on display
© Janet Dawson, 1960. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Janet Dawson survey:
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst 30 Nov 2006–28 Jan 2007
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 22 Feb 2007–08 Apr 2007
- S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks 30 Apr 2007–10 Jun 2007
Referenced in 1 publication
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