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An image of Creation series - Man and the spheres by William Robinson
Alternate image of Creation series - Man and the spheres by William Robinson Alternate image of Creation series - Man and the spheres by William Robinson Alternate image of Creation series - Man and the spheres by William Robinson

William Robinson

(Australia 16 Apr 1936 – )

Title
Creation series - Man and the spheres
Other titles:
Creation landscape: Man and the spheres
Year
1991
Media category
Painting
Materials used
triptych: oil on linen
Dimensions

triptych: 182.5 x 730.5 cm stretcher overall; 186.6 x 741.0 x 5.0 cm frame overall:

a - Part a; 182.5 x 243.5 cm; stretcher

a - Part a; 186.6 x 247 x 5 cm; frame

b - Part b; 182.5 x 243.5 cm; stretcher

b - Part b; 186.6 x 247 x 5 cm; frame

c - Part c; 182.5 x 243.5 cm; stretcher

c - Part c; 186.6 x 243.5 cm; frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner [panel a], black oil "William Robinson 91". Signed and dated l.r. corner [panel b], blue oil "William Robinson 91". Signed and dated l.l. corner [panel c], brown oil "William Robinson 91".
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1994
Accession number
593.1994.a-c
Copyright
© William Robinson
Location
Not on display
Further information

Though success came to William Robinson in mid-career, he seemed on course from the beginning for a kind of greatness. By no means ignorant of the major progressive movements of his youth and maturity, he chose from an early age to pursue what he saw as the inexhaustible possibilities of representational art. From the giddy temptations of Bonnard and the French domestic intimists, he moved to more robust and greatly more externalised passions - his farm and farmyard animals, his family environment and pastoral vicinity, and eventually the scrubby hills of his Queensland Arcadia depopulated of all but a pantheistic presence. Creation series - man and the spheres puts the case for Robinson's status as an artist of the romantic sublime. A more recent body of panoramic machines has tackled the coastal zone of Australian identity, reflecting the artist's own move from hinterland to seaboard.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999

Bibliography (11)

Julian Edmund and Tenison Woods, Symphony of Life, Australia, 1999, 2-3 (colour illus.), 34 (colour illus.). Image appearing on pg. 34 is part b.

Lynn Fern, William Robinson, Sydney, 1995, 10, 203, 205, 207.

Deborah Hart, William Robinson: the transfigured landscape, 'William Robinson's artistic development: an intimate and expansive journey', pg. 22-68, Brisbane, 2011, 35, 62-64 (colour illus.), 65 (colour illus.), 67, 109, 164. Titled 'Creation landscape: Man and the spheres'.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales Handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 171 (colour illus., detail). Image is in detail.

Lou Klepac and William Robinson, William Robinson, Roseville, 2001, 84 (colour illus.), 85-87 (colour illus., detail of each panel), 201.

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Earth and paradise', pg. 283-284, Sydney, 2000, 292 (colour illus.), 293 (colour illus., detail of right panel), 301.

Barry Pearce, Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years, 'Presenting our own artists: how the AGS put balance into the Australian collection', pg. 42-44, Newtown, May 2003, 44 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Comparing artists: It can expand perceptions of their work', pg. 12-14, Newtown, Aug 2009, 14 (colour illus.).

Lynne Seear (Editor), Darkness & light: the art of William Robinson, South Brisbane, 2001, 27 (colour illus., detail), 37, 110-111 (colour illus.), 156. plate no. 51

Judith White, Look, 'Olympians of Australian art', pg. 16-18, South Yarra, Jul 2000, 16 (colour illus.). detail right panel

Judith Wright, Look, 'Building the Collection', pg. 6-7, South Yarra, Apr 1999, 7 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

William Robinson: a retrospective:

William Robinson: the transfigured landscape, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane, 17 Apr 2011–14 Aug 2011