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An image of Standing nude by Fred Williams

Fred Williams

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

Standing nude
Other titles:
Standing female nude
Place of origin
circa 1946
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas on plywood

98.4 x 38.0 cm board

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2012
Accession number
© Lyn Williams
Not on display
Further information

Although Fred Williams is best known as a landscape artist, his study and early work was grounded in figuration. In late 1943, at the age of sixteen Williams enrolled at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, where he studied drawing. Here he spent many hours laboriously sketching plaster casts, before advancing to life drawing. He subsequently undertook painting classes with William Dargie who advocated a subtle, tonal approach, and attended private classes held by modernist painter, George Bell.

This painting, produced while Williams was a student at that National Gallery School, indicates his capacity and respect for achieving both volume and mass in his figures. 'Standing nude' exemplifies a period of transition where Williams developed from a student to young artist.

Bibliography (5)

Patrick McCaughey, Fred Williams 1927-1982, 'Student work', pg. 34-40, Kensington, 1980, 34 (colour illus.). 23

James Mollison (Curator), Fred Williams: a retrospective, Canberra, 1987, 3 (illus.). titled 'Standing female nude'; 1

Editor Unknown (Editor), Deutscher-Menzies: Australian & International fine art, Woollahra, Mar 2007, 150 (colour illus.). lot no. 211

Editor Unknown (Editor), Christie's Australia - Australian and European Paintings, South Yarra, Nov 1998, (colour illus.). lot no. 101

Editor Unknown (Editor), Early works and others selected from the Harry Rosengrave collection, Melbourne, May 1979. 242; not paginated

Exhibition history (4)

Early works and others selected from the Harry Rosengrave collection (1979), Hawthorn Galleries, Hawthorn, 10 May 1979–25 May 1979

Fred Williams: a retrospective:

Australian and European paintings, Christies (Melbourne), 23 Nov 1998–24 Nov 1998

Deutscher-Menzies: Australian and International Fine Art (2007), Deutscher-Menzies, Sydney, Kensington, 13 Mar 2007–13 Mar 2007