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An image of The great rock: dusk by Lloyd Rees
Alternate image of The great rock: dusk by Lloyd Rees Alternate image of The great rock: dusk by Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Rees

(Australia 17 Mar 1895 – 02 Dec 1988)

The great rock: dusk
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

95.2 x 116.9 cm stretcher; 118.2 x 138.1 x 8.5 cm frame:

0 - Whole; 95 x 115.1 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, black oil "L REES 79".
Purchased 1977
Accession number
© A & J Rees. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Further information

Rees visited Central Australia with his wife in 1976, where he made a number of drawings and watercolours at various times of the day. He described his impression of Uluru (Ayers Rock):

"... the great Rock that is revealed at sunset is an amazing sight. It is very red, but it is also very simple. You hardly see any form at all, it is sort of flat. But I found out that if you go before the sunset and get to the side of the Rock, you see an amazing amount of natural sculpture. The rock in general terms looks so simple, but get the side rays ... and nature's bas-relief of the Rock is the most thrilling part of it. So 'The great Rock - dusk' ... was my reaction to this sculptural quality."
- Lloyd Rees 1983

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Bibliography (5)

Clary Akon, Limelight Magazine, 'Nature by design: the art of Lloyd Rees', pg. 96-97, Sydney, Jun 2013, 96.

Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Tangible Life Forms', pg. 12-13, Surry Hills, 01 Jun 2013-02 Jun 2013, 13 (colour illus.).

Jane Hampson, Look, 'Under the influence: the work of Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley hangs side-by-side in a new exhibition', pg. 12-16, South Yarra, Feb 2001, 15 (colour illus.).

Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 2001, front cover (colour illus.), 8.

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Contents', pg. 7, Newtown, Mar 2013, cover (colour illus., detail), 7 (colour illus.), 22.

Exhibition history (3)

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

Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees (2001), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 10 Feb 2001–08 Jul 2001

Whiteley & Rees: more affinities (2006):