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Title

Sketch for 'Storm approaching Wangi'

1948


Artist

William Dobell

Australia, England

24 Sep 1899 - 13 May 1970


About

Following the trauma of the court challenge to Dobell's 1943 Archibald Prize winning portrait of Joshua Smith, the artist retreated to his family's holiday house at Wangi Wangi, on the shores of Lake Macquarie. This period of enforced retreat from Sydney and his preferred activity of portraiture, brought a new focus on the landscape. After a period of recovery, he began to work again, making small sketches of the lake foreshore and surroundings in pencil, watercolour and gouache, mainly from the terrace of the house or at a short distance from it. From these he developed several major paintings including 'Storm approaching Wangi'.

Dobell's 'Sketch for 'Storm approaching Wangi' evokes the drama of an impending storm that has whipped up white caps on the lake and prompted boating parties to seek shelter on shore. His thick impasto of white gouache captures the silvery quality of light at the scene, highlighting the building cloud, roiling water and figures labouring to bring a boat up the beach. The foreground figures have been identified as Dobell's neighbours Else and Jack Pendlebury, while the background boat belonged to another neighbour and close friend Norm Hilton.


Details


Date

1948


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

gouache on buff laid paper


Dimensions

11.7 x 20.0 cm sheet; 27.3 x 35.7 x 3.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Robert Albert 2014.


Location

Not on display


Accession number

137.2014


Artist information

William Dobell

Works in the collection

1,129


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Elizabeth Donaldson, William Dobell: his life, art and home, 'Recovery at Wangi', pg. 53-59, New South Wales, 2011, 57. related work

James Gleeson, William Dobell, London, 1964, 81-82, 84-86, 196.

Anne Loxley, Dobell in Lake Macquarie, Lake Macquarie, 1995, 6,7,11. cat.no. 8

Clare Temple, Foundation Newsletter #24, 'Curators' and coordinators' reports', pg. 8-11, Sydney, Jul 2014, 10.