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An image of West Lake, Hangchow by Ian Fairweather

Ian Fairweather

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

West Lake, Hangchow
Other titles:
The yellow river
(River, Hangchow)
(West Lake, Hangchow)
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
oil and gouache on paper on canvas on cardboard

47.5 x 55.0 cm board; 63.0 x 72.5 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, pencil "I Fairweather". Not dated.
Donated in memory of Lina Bryans 2001
Accession number
© Ian Fairweather/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

'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

Bibliography (8)

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. 12; plate no. 12; titled '(River, Hangchow)'

Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, Sydney, 1981, 33, 36 (colour illus.), 231. 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. 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

Exhibition history (5)

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

Fairweather (1994):

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