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An image of The city skyline by Lloyd Rees
Alternate image of The city skyline by Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Rees

(Australia 17 Mar 1895 – 02 Dec 1988)

The city skyline
Other titles:
City skyline, early morning
City Skyline
The City Skyline, Early Morning
Sydney Skyline
Place of origin
NorthwoodSydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas on cardboard

23.7 x 52.0 cm board; 31.3 x 60.0 x 3.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, red/brown oil "L. REES/ 35".
Purchased 1997
Accession number
© A & J Rees. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Further information

'City skyline' and 'Sydney Harbour' were made at the end of a period that Rees had devoted almost exclusively to drawing. 'City skyline' was painted from the veranda of Rees' home in Northwood, on Sydney's North Shore, where the family had moved the previous year. 'Sydney Harbour' could almost be read as a panoramic continuation of 'City skyline' and was most likely painted at nearby Northwood Bay.

Bibliography (9)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, (Lloyd Rees), ‘List of works-oil paintings.’, pp 7-11, Sydney, 1942, 7. 6

Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd. (Editor), Australian and European paintings, drawings and prints, part 1, 'Australian paintings lots 1-152’, pp 1-121, Melbourne, Apr 1997, 51 (colour illus.). titled 'City Skyline'; lot no. 62; estimated price $35,000-45,000

Peter Emmett, Sydney: metropolis, suburb, harbour, 'Metropolis of geology, geometry and light', pp 13-70, Glebe, 2000, 44 (colour illus.).

Peter Emmett, Metropolis, Glebe, 1999. Exhibition guide, brochure format

Renée Free, Lloyd Rees, ‘Catalogue’, pp 109-125, Melbourne, 1972, 110. titled 'City Skyline'; O43

Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees: paintings, drawings and prints, ‘Introduction’, pp 11-26, Sydney, 2013, 13, 29 (colour illus.), 158. 4

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, ‘Celebrating Lloyd Rees: a book and show on the Gallery’s collection of his work’, pg. 21-23, Newtown, Mar 2013, 21 (colour illus.).

Macquarie Galleries (Editor), Exhibition of paintings & drawings by LLoyd Rees, 'Catalogue', Sydney, Oct 1936, n.pag.. titled ‘The City Skyline, Early Morning’; 12; priced 12 guineas

Leon Paroissien and Dinah Dysart (Editors), Art and Australia (Vol. 29, No. 4), Sydney, Winter 1992, back page (colour illus.). titled 'Sydney Skyline'; Artarmon Gallery advertisement.

Exhibition history (5)

Exhibition of paintings and drawings by Lloyd Rees (1936), Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 14 Oct 1936 -

Lloyd Rees (1942), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Aug 1942–30 Aug 1942

Australian and European paintings, drawings and prints, part 1, Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd., South Yarra, 29 Apr 1997 -

Metropolis, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 18 Dec 1999–02 Apr 2000

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000