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An image of Chinese mountain by Ian Fairweather

Ian Fairweather

(Scotland, Australia 29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974)

Chinese mountain
Other titles:
(Chinese Mountain)
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
oil and gouache on cardboard

48.7 x 59.0 cm board; 61.8 x 69.0 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, pencil "I Fairweather". Not dated.
Purchased 2001
Accession number
© Ian Fairweather/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

'Chinese mountain' is a fascinating hybrid between visual cultures, made during the formative part of Fairweather's career after he arrived in Melbourne in 1934. The work clearly reflects something of his Asian experience but also his interest in Post-Impressionism, especially the work of Cézanne and Van Gogh. This passion was shared by other local artists including William Frater, Arnold Shore and Lina Bryans, who strengthened Fairweather's growing interest in the movement.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

Bibliography (8)

Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'China and Bali', pg. 18-28, Sydney, 2009, 23 (colour illus.), 246. plate no. 6; 17; titled '(Chinese Mountain)'

Murray Bail, Mary Eagle, Drusilla Modjeska, Martin Armiger, Joanna Capon and Pierre Ryckmans, Fairweather, Australia, 1994, 76 (colour illus.), 142. plate no. 4; Private collection, Melbourne

Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, Sydney, 1981, 33, 35 (colour illus.), 220, 231. 17, colour plate no. 8; Private collection, Melbourne

Joanna Capon, Yin-yang : China in Australia, 'The influence of China on Australian art', pg. 47-55, Sydney, 2008, 52 (colour illus.), 53.

Department of Education and Science (Editor), Hemisphere [vol. 27, no. 1], North Sydney, 1982, 57 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Ian Fairweather's Chinese encounter', pg. 28-31, Newtown, Aug 2004, 29 (colour illus.), 31.

Queensland Art Gallery (Curator), Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition, South Brisbane, Jun 1965. 65; Pictures from the collection of Mrs. Lina Bryans

Jill Sykes, Look, 'The Chinese factor: China's indelible impression on Ian Fairweather', pg. 10-11, South Yarra, Nov 2001, 10 (colour illus.), 11.

Exhibition history (3)

Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition (1965-1966):

Fairweather (1994):

Yin-Yang: China in Australia, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 08 Aug 2008–28 Sep 2008