This gouache is from the 'Hillside and hummock in the landscape' series of 1965-67. It was painted at Upwey the year following Williams' return from Europe where he had been on the Helena Rubinstein Scholarship. The image draws directly on the hilly landscapes of Fern Tree Gully and Lysterfield, not far from his home at Upwey. The arc of the hillside as horizon is the dominant element of the landscape in Hillock, accentuated further by the painted pink and blue sky, which is, unusually, more illustrative.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005
gouache on ivory Arches paper
51.7 x 53.8 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed l.r., black gouache "Fred Williams.". Not dated.
Ruth Komon Bequest in memory of Rudy Komon 2004
Not on display
© Estate of Fred Williams
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Australian Collection Focus: Fred Williams gouaches, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Mar 2005–01 May 2005
Referenced in 2 publications
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Celebrating Fred Williams', pg. 24-25, Sydney, Nov 2004, front cover (colour illus.), 5 (colour illus.).
Patrick McCaughey, Fred Williams 1927-1982, Kensington, 1980, 182, 203. Plate no. 90, 'Hillock I', is a related work, as is 'Landscape with burning tree' 1968, reproduced on page 203