(Scotland, Australia 29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974)
47.5 x 55.0 cm board; 63.0 x 72.5 x 6.0 cm frame
'West Lake, Hangchow' 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
Murray Bail, Mary Eagle, Drusilla Modjeska, Martin Armiger, Joanna Capon and Pierre Ryckmans, Fairweather, Australia, 1994, 64, 75 (colour illus.), 142. plate no. 3
Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'Melbourne, post-impressionism', pg.29-37, Sydney, 2009, 32 (colour illus.), 245. cat.no. 12; plate no. 12; titled '(River, Hangchow)'
Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, Sydney, 1981, 33, 36 (colour illus.), 231. cat.no. 18; plate no. 9; titled '(West Lake, Hangchow)'; Collection of Lina Bryans, Melbourne.
Barry Pearce, Look, 'Ian Fairweather's Chinese encounter', pg. 28-31, Newtown, Aug 2004, 30 (colour illus.), 31.
Queensland Art Gallery (Curator), Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition, South Brisbane, Jun 1965. cat.no. 64; titled 'The yellow river' (before 1934), 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, 11 (colour illus.).
Anothony White, The Cambridge companion to Australian Art, 'Foreign natives: Australian Modernism 1915-1919', 109-121., Port Melbourne, 2011, 115.
INK: Whiteley and Others, Sydney, 2006. List of works
Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition (1965-1966):
Ian Fairweather 1891-1974: a centenary commemoration (1991), National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne, 25 Sep 1991–06 Nov 1991
Ink: Whiteley and others (2006), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 29 Apr 2006–20 Aug 2006
Yin-Yang: China in Australia, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 08 Aug 2008–28 Sep 2008