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An image of The green house, Pera, Istanbul (Study for 'Façade') by Earle Backen

Earle Backen

(Australia 01 Sep 1927 – 03 Oct 2005)

The green house, Pera, Istanbul (Study for 'Façade')
Media category
Materials used
pencil, pen and black ink, white pastel on grey/green paper

31.0 x 23.0 cm sight

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., pen and black ink "E Backen '94".
Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors Fund 2006
Accession number
© Earle Backen Estate
Not on display
Further information

Earle Backen distinguished himself as a printmaker and teacher of printmaking in Sydney in the 1960s and 70s after spending a number of years in London and more significantly, Paris, in the 1950s as a NSW Traveling Scholarship holder.

In the 1980s he put printmaking aside and devoted himself wholly to painting, producing some of the finest classically inspired modern still life compositions by any Australian artist.

Backen excelled as a watercolourist; his mastery over the medium revealed not only great freedom of execution over transparent washes of watercolour, but also control over brilliantly saturated light-filled colour and fine draughtsmanship.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006