Rees painted 'The road to Berry' in Gerringong, on the south coast of New South Wales, looking into the distance towards the road that led to Berry. The painting came to have special significance to a number of younger artists, including John Olsen and Brett Whiteley:
"'The road to Berry' is a tiny picture I remember painting from under a copse of trees ... and I just remember a small canvas and a sort of rhythmical movement that just happened; I was always amazed at the attraction it had ... I was never able to repeat that little picture, and that's a good thing."
- Lloyd Rees 1987
oil on canvas on paperboard
34.6 x 42.2 cm board; 46.3 x 53.6 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, brown oil "L REES [obscured by frame]". Not dated.
Where the work was made
Shown in 9 exhibitions
Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1947), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, 23 Aug 1947–10 Sep 1947
A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953
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, Australia 18 Jun 1970–21 Jul 1970
- Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle 01 Aug 1970–31 Aug 1970
Twentieth century Australian masterworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Fred Williams Pilbara series from the collection of CRA Limited, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, 04 Oct 1985–06 Nov 1985
Rees - Whiteley, On the Road to Berry:
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees (2001), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 10 Feb 2001–08 Jul 2001
Whiteley & Rees: more affinities (2006):
Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 21 Sep 2013–08 Dec 2013
Referenced in 29 publications
Clary Akon, Limelight Magazine, 'Nature by design: the art of Lloyd Rees', pg. 96-97, Sydney, Jun 2013, 96 (colour illus.), 97.
Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Tangible Life Forms', pg. 12-13, Sydney, 01 Jun 2013-02 Jun 2013, 13 (colour illus.).
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2006, Sydney, 2006, 22.
Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Australian 20th century art', pp 71-89, Sydney, 1984, 78 (colour illus.).
Edmund Capon, Lloyd Rees Drawings - Centenary Retrospective, 'Foreward', p 5, Sydney, 1995, 5, 13.
Betty Clarke, Lloyd Rees, ‘Introduction’, pp 13-17, Melbourne, Mar 1981, 14, 15, 25 (illus.). cat.no. 10
Renée Free, Lloyd Rees Retrospective, 'The landscape of Lloyd Rees', pp 4-13, Sydney, 1969, 10, 27. cat.no. 32
Renée Free, Lloyd Rees, ‘Part II: from Gerringong to Europe: 1943-59’, pp 68-77, Melbourne, 1972, 69 (colour illus.). cat.no. O107; plate no. 13
Jane Hampson, Look, 'Under the influence: the work of Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley hangs side-by-side in a new exhibition', pp 12-16, Melbourne, Feb 2001, front cover (colour illus.), 5 (colour illus.), 12 (colour illus.), 13.
Deborah Hart, Australia, 'Australian landscape: pathways into the modern world 1920-50', pg. 184-225, London, 2013, 188, 217 (colour illus.). cat.no. 151
Janet Hawley, Artists in conversation, 'Brett Whiteley', pp 92-107, Richmond, 2012, ix (colour illus.), 99.
Janet Hawley, Encounters with Australian Artists: The Award-Winning Interviews, ‘Lloyd Rees’, pp 14-26, Queensland, 1993, 24 (colour illus.).
Robert Hughes, The art of Australia, ‘Landscape, with various figures’, pp 75-93, Melbourne, 1970, 91 (colour illus.), 92.
Lou Klepac, Rees - Whiteley, On the Road to Berry, ‘Introduction’, pp 4-12, Melbourne, 1993, 4 (colour illus.), 14. cat.no. 1
Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pp 2-4, Sydney, 2001, 3 (colour illus.), 8.
Lou Klepac, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Lloyd Rees', pp 64-75, Sydney, 2000, 64 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Celebrating Lloyd Rees: a book and show on the Gallery's collection of his work', pg. 21-23, Sydney, Mar 2013, 21, 22.
Elwyn Lynn, The Australian landscape and its artists, ‘Artists and paintings’, pp 5-6, Rushcutters Bay, 1977, 6, 92, 93 (colour illus.).
Ewen McDonald, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pp 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 66 (colour illus.).
Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. cat.no. 154
New South Wales Society of Artists, Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1947), ‘Catalogue: gallery one: oils’, Sydney, 1947, n.pag.. cat.no. 41; priced 25 guineas
Magret Olds, Australia through time, ‘Australia: 1947’, pp 330-331, Sydney, 1993, 331 (colour illus.). titled 'The Road to Berry'
Barry Pearce, Twentieth century Australian masterworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Fred Williams Pilbara Series, ‘Lloyd Rees b. 1895’, pp 24-27, Tokyo, 1985, 24 (colour illus.). titled 'The Road to Berry'; cat.no. 8
Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Earth and paradise', pp 283-284, Sydney, 2000, 286 (colour illus.), 301.
Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pp 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 30 (illus.).
Lloyd Rees, Lloyd Rees: an artist remembers, ‘The South Coast and Bathurst, 1944-58’, pp 49-66, Sydney, 1987, 52 (colour illus.), 53, 152. plate no. 15
Kathie Sutherland, Brett Whiteley: A sensual lilne 1957-67, Victoria, 2010, 19.
The Brett Whiteley Studio, Whiteley & Rees: More affinities, Sydney, 2005, (illus.). List of works
Roland Wakelin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'The artistic development of Lloyd Rees', pp 490-492, Sydney, Oct 1969, 489 (cover illus.), 490. ‘Lloyd Rees special number’