(Australia, England 23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982)
98.4 x 38.0 cm board
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.
Patrick McCaughey, Fred Williams 1927-1982, 'Student work', pg. 34-40, Kensington, 1980, 34 (colour illus.). fig.no. 23
James Mollison (Curator), Fred Williams: a retrospective, Canberra, 1987, 3 (illus.). titled 'Standing female nude'; cat.no. 1
Editor Unknown (Editor), Early works and others selected from the Harry Rosengrave collection, Melbourne, May 1979. cat.no. 242; not paginated
Editor Unknown (Editor), Christie's Australia - Australian and European Paintings, South Yarra, Nov 1998, (colour illus.). lot no. 101
Editor Unknown (Editor), Deutscher-Menzies: Australian & International fine art, Woollahra, Mar 2007, 150 (colour illus.). lot no. 211
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