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Title

Sydney skyline from McMahons Point


Artist

Lloyd Rees

Australia

17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988


About

Sydney Harbour preoccupied Lloyd Rees as a subject in the 1930s, and he made many drawings of its environs. 'Sydney skyline from McMahon's Point' is a delicate and rare contrast to some of his more intensely worked and detailed pencil drawings, with gentle washes of watercolour. Unlike other artists of the time, Rees ignored the development of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a major engineering project of the day, preferring to concentrate on distant views of the city and the trees and rock formations that skirted the harbour foreshores.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000


Details


Other Title

Sydney skyline from McMahon's Point


Date

1932


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

pencil, watercolour on white watercolour paper


Dimensions

27.2 x 33.5 cm sheet; 54.8 x 50.5 cm mount size; 57.3 x 61.4 x 3.8 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, "L REES/ 1932".


Credit

Purchased with assistance from the artist 1986


Location

Not on display


Accession number

304.1986


Artist information

Lloyd Rees

Works in the collection

558


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 12 publications

Bibliography


Elwyn Lynn, The Australian, 'When collectors looked, not listened', Sydney, 15 Oct 1985, (illus.). page number unknown

Renée Free, Lloyd Rees: an artist remembers, ‘The drawing period, 1930-36’, pp 27-30, Sydney, 1987, 28 (colour illus.), 29, 152. plate no. 6

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'The art of the Australian watercolour', Heidelberg, Apr 1989, 21 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1989. cat.no. 64

Barry Pearce and Haruo Arikawa, Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 127 (colour illus.). cat.no. 76

Janet Hawley, Good weekend, 'Portrait of the artist as mentor', Broadway, 04 Mar 1995, 33 (colour illus.).

Joanna Mendelssohn, The Bulletin with Newsweek, 'Draughtsman's contract', Sydney, 09 May 1995, 84 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees Drawings - Centenary Retrospective, 'The thirties', pp 43-64, Sydney, 1995, front cover (colour illus., detail), 6 (colour illus.), 48, 49 (illus.), back cover (colour illus., detail). cat.no. 40

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 49 (colour illus.), 118-119. cat.no. 38

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian collection: works on paper', pp 182-197, Sydney, 1999, 194 (colour illus.).

Lou Klepac, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Lloyd Rees', pp 64-75, Sydney, 2000, 66 (colour illus.).

Helen Campbell, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Out of Sydney: city and hinterlands', pp 185-186, Sydney, 2000, 196 (colour illus.), 301.