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An image of Kimberley landscape by Russell Drysdale

Russell Drysdale

(England, Australia 07 Feb 1912 – 29 Jun 1981)

Kimberley landscape
Place of origin
Western AustraliaAustralia
Media categories
Watercolour, Drawing
Materials used
pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour

26.7 x 41.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., ink ".../ Russell Drysdale 61."
Purchased 1996
Accession number
© Reproduced with permission
Not on display
Further information

'Kimberley landscape' was made for the book 'Journey among men' published in 1962 (of which Drysdale and 'Jock' Marshall were joint authors) to illustrate the text "A rough track led us north towards the distant Oscar Range". The book was the result of a zoological tour of north-western Australia in 1958 when Drysdale acted as unofficial artist. 'Kimberley landscape' is a major watercolour, comparable with Drysdale's late landscape paintings and reveals his considerable powers of pictorial invention and draughtsmanship.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Bibliography (5)

Art Gallery of Western Australia, The drawings of Russell Drysdale: 1980 Perth survey of drawing, Perth, 1980, 69 (illus.). plate no. 35

Anne Gray, Hendrik Kolenberg and Tim Bonyhady, Russell Drysdale, Perth, 1999, 9 (illus.), 14, 21. 29

Lou Klepac, Russell Drysdale: the drawings, 'Drysdale drawings: 'Journey among men' and retrospective', pg. 29-32, Roseville, 2012, 32, 128 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 70 (illus.). 61

Jock Marshall and Russell Drysdale, Journey among men, London, 1962, 113 (illus.).

Exhibition history (4)

Russell Drysdale Drawings 1935-1980, Joseph Brown Gallery, Australia, 01 Mar 1981–31 Mar 1981

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

Russell Drysdale: the drawings: