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An image of Tamarillo harvest by Donald Friend

Donald Friend

(Australia 06 Feb 1915 – 16 Aug 1989)

Title
Tamarillo harvest
Year
(1987)
Media category
Watercolour
Materials used
watercolour on white wove paper
Dimensions

56.5 x 75.5 cm sheet; 79.0 x 98.0 x 2.3 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, pen and black ink ".../ Donald Friend". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1987
Accession number
552.1987
Copyright
© Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Donald Friend
Location
Not on display
Further information

In the last years of his life, deteriorating health prompted Friend to turn to the more immediate convenience of still life as a subject for painting. He produced some of his most beautiful watercolours during this period when, as he wrote poignantly in his book 'Art in a Classless Society' published in 1985:

"Did I retire or was I exiled from that garden of earthly joys? ... Farewell to youth then. And to the Nude ... In life as in art, much of what we accept is a barely adequate substitute for something we would rather have.

The greengrocer's shop is crammed with colourful models, attractive vegetable rivals to those warm blooded bipeds in blue jeans who lean provocatively against lamp posts playing pocket billiards or to the polychrome butterfly painted ladies clad in varieties of musical comedy drag ... For sheer loveliness the fruit and vegetables win hands down."

Bibliography (5)

Christine France, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Donald Friend / Margaret Olley', pg. 128-139, Sydney, 2002, 132, 133 (colour illus.), 143, 147.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 93 (colour illus.), 123. cat.no. 83

Hendrik Kolenberg, Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1989. cat.no. 18

Barry Pearce., Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, 'Preface', Sydney, 1991, (colour illus.). not paginated, no catalogue numbers

Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, 'Introduction', pg. 9-20, Sydney, 1990, 125 (colour illus.). cat.no. 105

Exhibition history (4)

Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Mar 1992–12 Apr 1992

Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:

Inside Out: Still Life and Interiors Post 1950, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Jul 1999–31 Jan 2000

Margaret Olley and Donald Friend (2006):