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Title

Tamarillo harvest

(1987)


Artist

Donald Friend

Australia

06 Feb 1915 - 16 Aug 1989


About

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."


Details


Date

(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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

552.1987


Artist information

Donald Friend

Works in the collection

57


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


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