For Lloyd Rees, drawing was absolutely fundamental and remained so throughout his long and productive creative life; few other Australian artists have practised drawing more passionately or scrupulously. Indeed, when 'The bridge, South Coast landscape' was made in 1936, Rees was still immersed in a period where he focussed on drawing to the exclusion of all other media and established for himself a considerable reputation as a draughtsman of note. The drawing won Rees a Silver Medal at the Paris International Exhibition in 1937 and is undoubtedly one of his finest drawings.
pencil, pen and black ink, wash on cream wove paper
35.7 x 49.3 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "L REES/ 1936".
Not on display
Where the work was made
New South Wales
Shown in 9 exhibitions
Society of Artists Prints and Drawings (1936), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, 04 Sep 1936–02 Oct 1936
Exposition International des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (1937 Paris World's Fair: Arts, crafts, sciences in modern life), Unknown, 24 May 1937–15 Nov 1937
Lloyd Rees (1942), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Aug 1942–30 Aug 1942
Lloyd Rees Retrospective (1969-70):
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 02 Oct 1969–02 Nov 1969
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane Nov 1969–Dec 1969
- National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne 01 Feb 1970–28 Feb 1970
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 17 Mar 1970–13 Apr 1970
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 01 May 1970–31 May 1970
- Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth 18 Jun 1970–21 Jul 1970
Rees - Whiteley, On the Road to Berry:
Lloyd Rees Drawings (1995-96):
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 09 Mar 1995–14 May 1995
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst 09 Jun 1995–16 Jul 1995
- Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat 01 Sep 1995–15 Oct 1995
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Nov 1995–01 Jan 1996
- Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Launceston 24 Jan 1996–11 Mar 1996
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Lloyd Rees: works from the South Coast, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, Nowra, 26 Oct 2013–14 Dec 2013
Referenced in 9 publications
Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Tangible Life Forms', pg. 12-13, Sydney, 01 Jun 2013-02 Jun 2013, 13.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, (Lloyd Rees), ‘Foreword’, pp 2-3, Sydney, 1942, 2 (illus.), 6, 13. cat.no. 13
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Lloyd Rees Retrospective, 'Catalogue: drawings', pp 32-35, Sydney, 1969, 34. cat.no. 140
Lou Klepac (Editor), Rees - Whiteley, On the Road to Berry, ‘The catalogue’, pp 14-20, Melbourne, 1993, 14. cat.no. 13
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 55 (illus.). cat.no. 44
Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees Drawings - Centenary Retrospective, 'Introduction', pp 7-19, Sydney, 1995, 16, 63 (illus.). cat.no. 64
Renee Renée, Lloyd Rees, ‘Sydney: 1917-42’, pp 23-50, Melbourne, 1972, 47 (illus.), 122. cat.no. D192
Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia, 'Australian collection', pp 52-62, Sydney, Jul 1972, 55 (illus.).
Roland Wakelin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'The artistic development of Lloyd Rees', pp 490-492, Sydney, Oct 1969, 497 (illus.). 'Lloyd Rees special number'