(Australia, England 23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982)
57.0 x 76.5 cm sheet
It's the kind of country you have to be born into – or be just plain 'hardy', but tremendously attractive to look at – the fascinating patches of snow form themselves into very inventive shapes.
- Fred Williams 1975
Fred Williams and his family took a holiday at the Kosciuszko National Park in January 1975. Although it was mid summer, the weather was unseasonably cold and there were traces of snow on the peaks. Williams made a number of studies of the landscape in acrylic and then gouache. This work depicts a sudden summer snowstorm.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Celebrating Fred Williams', pg. 24-25, Newtown, Nov 2004, 24 (colour illus.).
Patrick McCaughey, Fred Williams 1927-1982, Kensington, 1980, 287-288. General reference to paintings from this period.
James Mollison, A singular vision: the art of Fred Williams, Canberra, 1989, 191-197. General reference to paintings from this period.
Australian Collection Focus: Fred Williams gouaches, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Mar 2005–01 May 2005