(England, Australia 07 Feb 1912 – 29 Jun 1981)
50.8 x 61.0 cm stretcher; 64.5 x 74.3 x 7.7 cm frame
Russell Drysdale's paintings of Aboriginal people from Cape York Peninsula began as a small series in 1952–53. Prior to this, European artists had often depicted Indigenous Australians as a 'dying race', with ethnographic scrutiny or satirically, reflecting prevalent unquestioned racist attitudes of the time.
From this series, 'Group of Aborigines' is a compassionate portrait, regarded as one of Drysdale's masterpieces. Using an extremely pared back image of the Australian landscape as the backdrop, Drysdale depicted this group with the sense of quiet dignity typical of his outback figure subjects.
Donna Brett, Look, 'A silver anniversary: The AGNSW Foundation celebrates', pg. 14, Newtown, Nov 2008, 14 (colour illus.).
Richard Brewster, Age, 'Elusive works to be exposed', pg. 8, Melbourne, 03 May 2003, 8.
Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd., Christie's Australia. Australian, International and Contemporary Painting. Melbourne 6&7 May 2003, South Yarra, 2003, inside front cover (colour illus., detail), 64, 65 (colour illus.). The estate of the Late Mrs Joanne C. Dusseldorp, Sydney; lot no. 44
Jackie de Diana, Look, 'Art and Australia: more views of European preludes and parallels', pg. 16-17, Newtown, Nov 2010, 13 (colour illus.).
Joel Gibson, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Sold', pg. 15, Sydney, 07 May 2003, 15.
Terry Ingram, The Australian financial review, 'Flying colours. Fine art investors outrun the stockmarket', pg. 65, Sydney, 08 May 2003, 65.
Lou Klepac, The life and work of Russell Drysdale, Kensington, 1983, 312 (colour illus.). plate no. 132
Geoff Maslen., Age, 'Drysdale repays investor with $1 million profit', Melbourne, 06 May 2003.
Geoff Maslen., Age, 'Drysdale dreaming', Melbourne, 29 Apr 2003.
Steve Meacham., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Three quiet midwives of Australian painting', Sydney, 01 May 2003, (colour illus.).
Sally Morrison, After fire: a biography of Clifton Hugh, 'The muse is not a play thing: 1956-July 1958', pg. 131-150, Melbourne, 2009, 134 (illus.).
Barry Pearce, Look, ‘Drysdale centenary: artist with a singular potency’, pg. 16-17, Newtown, Dec 2012-Jan 2013, 17 (colour illus.).
Michael Stutchbury (Editor), The Australian, '$750k for a Drysdale', pg. 8, Surry Hills, 03 May 2003, 8.
Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, Newtown, Jul 2003, 3 (colour illus.). Christie's advertisement for May 2003 Auction
Daniel Thomas and Paul Haefliger, Russell Drysdale; a retrospective exhibition of paintings from 1937 to 1960, Sydney, 1960, 60. cat.no. 85; titled 'Group of Aborigines'; collection: Chris Vandyke
Russell Drysdale (1953), Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 18 Nov 1953–04 Dec 1953
Russell Drysdale: a retrospective exhibition of paintings from 1937 to 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Oct 1960–06 Nov 1960