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An image of My garden by Fred Williams

Fred Williams

(Australia, England 23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982)

Title
My garden
Year
(1965-1967)
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

152.6 x 183.3 cm; 154.8 x 185.2 x 5.1 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed bot.c., black oil "Fred Williams". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1999
Accession number
165.1999
Copyright
© Estate of Fred Williams
Location
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

"I repaint other people's paintings. See that there? That's 'Bailed up'. You know, Tom Roberts. I've just taken the figures out and repainted the background."
- Fred Williams 1969

One of Williams' greatest works, 'My garden' was painted in direct response to Tom Roberts' 'Bailed up', underlining Williams' strong allegiance to the Heidelberg School and especially to Tom Roberts, the Australian painter he loved most of all. In a singularly profound homage from one artist to another, Williams transmuted the golden glare of a relatively gentle New England landscape into his own painterly expression of the hot red heart of the continent; acting out his long-held declaration that 'Bailed up' was the most important landscape painting in this country.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Bibliography (17)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2000, 'Year in review', pg. 8-20, Sydney, 2000, 8, 9 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon, Art Gallery of New South Wales: highlights from the collection, Sydney, 2008, 102 (colour illus.).

Joan Chambers, Art of the land, Brookvale, 2002, 52 (colour illus.). Children's activities book

David Hansen, Australian Impressionism, 'National Naturalism', pg. 281-287, Melbourne, 2007, 281, 282 (colour illus.).

Deborah Hart, Fred Williams: infinite horizons, 'Dialogues across series', pg. 80-89, Canberra, 2011, 81, 82, 83 (colour illus.), 209, 227.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Celebrating Fred Williams', pg. 24-25, Newtown, Nov 2004, 24.

Patrick McCaughey., Age, 'A painter apart', Melbourne, 27 Sep 1967, page unknown.

Patrick McCaughey, Fred Williams 1927-1982, 'Upwey derivatives: major landscapes 1966', pg. 171-180, Kensington, 1980, 172, 180, 181 (colour illus.), 371. plate no. 89

John McDonald, Art of Australia. Vol. 1: Exploration to Federation, ‘Individual and national feeling’, pg. 545-610, Sydney, 2008, 582 (colour illus.), 583.

Craig McGregor, In the making, Australia, 1969, 103 (colour illus.), 102-107.

James Mollison, A singular vision: the art of Fred Williams, 'Painting in the Dandenongs: The Upwey and Lysterfield Series', pg. 86-113, Canberra, 1989, 86 (colour illus.), 87, 89, 91, 158, 253.

James Mollison (Curator), Fred Williams: a retrospective, Canberra, 1987, 12 (illus.). cat.no. 59

Barry Pearce, The Weekend Australian, 'Time makes its judgment', pg. 2-3, Surry Hills, 12 Aug 2000-13 Aug 2000, 3 (colour illus.). This colour supplement is a 'Review Special' published for the 'Weekend Australian'. It consists of a four-page, colour wrap-around for the 'Weekend Australian Review'. 'The Australian' was the media sponsor for the AGNSW Exhibition 'Australian Icons', for the Olympic Arts Festival 2000.

Barry Pearce, Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years, 'Presenting our own artists: how the AGS put balance into the Australian collection', pg. 42-44, Newtown, May 2003, 44 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 10-16, Sydney, 2000, 11 (colour illus.), 16, 302.

Judith White, Look, 'An artist's homage', pg.18-20, South Yarra, Feb 2000, cover (colour illus.), 5 (colour illus.), 18 (colour illus.), 19, 20.

Judith White, Look, 'A generous gift', pg. 13, Newtown, Oct 2007, 13 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (6)

Festival invitation art prize, Skinner Galleries, Perth, Perth, 14 Feb 1967–04 Mar 1967

John Brack - Fred Williams (1967), Albert Hall Canberra, Canberra, 01 Aug 1967–13 Aug 1967

Fred Williams (1967), Georges Gallery, Melbourne, 25 Sep 1967–14 Oct 1967

Fred Williams: a retrospective, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, 07 Nov 1987–31 Jan 1988

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

Fred Williams: infinite horizons: