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Collection

An image of Emus by the lake by John Olsen

John Olsen

(Australia, England, Spain, Portugal 21 Jan 1928 – )

Title
Emus by the lake
Year
1975
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
charcoal, pastel on white wove paper
Dimensions

189.0 x 98.5 cm sight

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., charcoal "... / John Olsen/ 75".
Credit
Marshall Bequest Fund 1991
Accession number
242.1991
Copyright
© John Olsen
Location
Not on display
Further information

Drawing is a vital element of Olsen's oeuvre and the Gallery has over fifty drawings in the collection. 'Emus by the lake' is an exuberant drawing inspired by the miraculous abundance of life at Lake Eyre in South Australia following floods, an area visited by Olsen in 1974-75.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Bibliography (4)

Deborah Hart, John Olsen, East Roseville, 1991, 147 (illus.). fig.no. 43

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 114 (illus.), 115. cat.no. 109

Hendrik Kolenberg, Animals on paper - from the Australian collection of prints, drawings and watercolours, Sydney, 1992, illus.. cat.no. 57

Barry Pearce, Australian Artists, Australian Birds, North Ryde, 1989, 133 (colour). plate no. 114

Exhibition history (2)

Animals on paper: from the Australian collection of prints, drawings and watercolours:

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998