"I have come to the point of looking at each picture as a new adventure. In some cases I have thrown turpentine over the whole picture and have let everything run together, and where I've wanted to get the feeling of sky I have used the ball of my hand, which I would not have done in the past. I worked rather furiously on these.
If there is one thing I want now it is for my paintings to be light right through. One of the great things the Impressionists did, probably not consciously, was to bring back what the great fresco schools of Italy had achieved, the sense of the painting being on a light background. This is what I am trying to do here, to make the lightness of the canvas the dominating thing."
- Lloyd Rees 1982
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
oil on canvas
121.8 x 152.2 cm stretcher; 148.5 x 178.0 x 8.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, blue oil "L REES 82".
Not on display
© A & J Rees. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Two centuries of Australian painting, a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Orange Regional Gallery, Australia, 19 Apr 1986–15 Jun 1986
Lloyd Rees: lumiere du bout du monde, Printemps Haussmann, Paris, 20 May 1987–20 Jun 1987
Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Mar 1992–12 Apr 1992
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):
Referenced in 5 publications
Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Australian 20th Century Art', pg. 71-89, Sydney, 1984, 79 (colour illus.).
Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 47 (illus.). cat.no. 55
Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 2001, 8.
Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Earth and paradise', pg. 283-284, Sydney, 2000, 287 (colour illus.), 301.
Barry Pearce., Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, 'Preface', Sydney, 1991, front cover (colour illus.). not paginated, no catalogue numbers