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Title

Tree at Caloola

1980


Artist

Lloyd Rees

Australia

17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988


About

Rees experimented with etching as a young man, but did not turn seriously to printmaking until much later in his life. 'The Caloola Suite' was his first series of lithographs, the final published group of six selected from seventeen made at the time. The subjects were inspired by landscapes of special personal significance, including those around his holiday home 'Caloola' at Werri Beach on the south coast of New South Wales and in Hobart, from the top of Mount Wellington and looking towards the River Derwent from his son's house at Sandy Bay.

For Rees, prints were an extension of drawing. 'The Caloola Suite' underscores the energy and monumental scale of his later works, paintings as well as drawings. Although reluctant to make lithographs at first, he was astonished at how well they turned out:

"... it's a funny thing with human nature. If I had been agreeable to do them in the first case, you know - responded, I think that they might have been less interesting. The fact that I was in a state of rebellion had something to do with it ... I remember I was a bit resistant sitting back with a big board and saying 'Well, what is it' ... and without any inhibitions I went at it, you see ... I thought they'd be no good. They were simply grey impressions [on the aluminium plates] ... when we made the lithographs with Fred Genis, he came in and put them out on the floor; I was staggered."
- Lloyd Rees 1983

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000


Details


Date

1980


Media category

Print


Materials used

lithograph


Edition

1st state


Dimensions

50.4 x 66.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated lower c., black fibre-tipped pen "Lloyd Rees 80".


Credit

Gift of Alan and Jancis Rees 1998


Location

Not on display


Accession number

144.1998


Artist information

Lloyd Rees

Works in the collection

558


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg and Lou Klepac, Lloyd Rees: Etchings and lithographs - a catalogue raisonné, Sydney, 1986, 65 (illus.).