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An image of Burnt landscape, Upwey no 1 by Fred Williams

Fred Williams

(Australia, England 23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982)

Burnt landscape, Upwey no 1
Other titles:
Upwey landscape
Media category
Materials used
gouache on ivory Arches paper

56.8 x 76.6 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed lower c., black gouache "Fred Williams.". Not dated.
Bequest of Professor Douglas Joseph 1990
Accession number
© Estate of Fred Williams
Not on display
Further information

At the end of 1968, bushfires swept through the Dandenongs, one stopping less than one hundred meters from the Williams family home at Upwey. It was a terrifying experience that Williams recalled later as like 'living in a war'. However, the fires bore fruit artistically, as he devoted the rest of the year to works depicting the effects of the fire and its aftermath. In 'Burnt landscape, Upwey no. 1' and 'Burnt landscape, Upwey no. 2' the unaccustomed scale of the transformed landscape is revealed, its undergrowth stripped and its trees burnt away or laid bare by the flames.

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

Bibliography (2)

Helen Campbell, Wynne centenary 1897-1997: a selection of past winners from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997. not paginated

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 85 (colour illus.), 122. 76

Exhibition history (2)

Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:

Australian Collection Focus: Fred Williams gouaches, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Mar 2005–01 May 2005