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Title

You Yangs landscape

1962


Artist

Fred Williams

Australia, England

23 Jan 1927 - 22 Apr 1982


About

Fred Williams first began sketching in the You Yangs, an outcrop of granite peaks south west of Melbourne, in the winter of 1962, and made a series of works on the subject between 1963 and 1964. The local landscape offered him many challenges, as it varied depending on whether he was looking towards the peaks, or away from them. A flat, rather featureless landscape without any distinct pictorial focus lay at the foot of the hills, which in contrast had many more features including rocks, trees and gullies.

The motif is built up over a geometric substructure with a series of abstract touches that can be readily identified as trees and other features of the landscape. The accumulation of marks in particular areas of the pictures was derived from Williams’ observation of gum trees planted along roads or fence lines.

The You Yangs works are particularly well represented in the gallery's collection including works in gouache, charcoal, oil and print.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005


Details


Date

1962


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

gouache on paper


Dimensions

38.8 x 58.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed lower c., pencil "Fred Williams.". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Violet Dulieu 1994


Location

Not on display


Accession number

254.1994


Artist information

Fred Williams

Works in the collection

222


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 84 (colour illus.), 122. cat.no. 75