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Title

Up the orchard

1946


Artist

John Passmore

Australia

04 Feb 1904 - 09 Oct 1984


About

Passmore's early work in England was greatly influenced by the paintings of Cézanne, which he would have seen in various public collections in London, and in books that he purchased, as quoted by Robert Hughes in 1966:
"I learnt the significance of what was being done in painting in France. Influenced first by ideas of Picasso, and later by Cézanne which could be endless but for one eye being forced towards the greater creative forces felt in work of Tintoretto and Rembrandt - conflicto necessario."

In early 1940, working from a cottage in Suffolk belonging to his art director at Lintas, Reg Jenkins, Passmore absorbed Cézanne's theories and began to paint landscapes near the house and invent compositions of nude bathers reminiscent of works by the French master. 'Up the orchard' is actually a view of the long back garden. Passmore recounted this period in 1984:
"Gooseberry Cottage was half-way between Constable's country, which was in Dedham Vale to the north-east, and Gainsborough's country which was in the opposite direction. It was a rural thing you see. But the character of Cézanne wasn't a rural thing ... the character of Cézanne was one of learning to paint ... There's two things about Cézanne - you can imitate him as much as you like and you can fall flat on your face ... what you have to do is study him as deeply as he studied himself."

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000


Details


Date

1946


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

51.2 x 61.5 cm stretcher; 67.8 x 78.1 x 5.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, red oil "JP 46".


Credit

Bequest of Lucy Swanton 1982


Location

Not on display


Accession number

187.1982


Artist information

John Passmore

Works in the collection

36


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Barry Pearce, John Passmore 1904-84, Sydney, 1984, 37 (colour illus.). cat.no. 10

Ursula Prunster (Curator), Australian painters; Seeing Cézanne, Sydney, 1998, 30. cat.no. 21