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Title

The fortune teller

(1956)


Artist

Donald Friend

Australia

06 Feb 1915 - 16 Aug 1989


About

Donald Friend’s 'The fortune teller' was painted in Brisbane after he and I had been on a painting trip to North Queensland. Donald was looking through Life magazines and saw some photographs of an Indian ceremony which included elephants decorated with elaborate designs. Donald was fascinated and later incorporated the patterns into this painting.

Margaret Olley, 2000


Details


Date

(1956)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas on hardboard


Dimensions

66.0 x 96.5 cm board; 86.1 x 117.7 x 5.9 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, white oil "DONALD FRIEND". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1956


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9204


Artist information

Donald Friend

Works in the collection

57


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 10 publications

Bibliography


Helen Campbell, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Out of Sydney: city and hinterlands', pg. 185-186, Sydney, 2000, 206 (colour illus.), 300.

Christine France, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Donald Friend / Margaret Olley', pg. 128-139, Sydney, 2002, 130 (colour illus.), 132, 143, 147.

Lou Klepac, Donald Friend: a charmed life, Canberra, 2006. Checklist of works.

Macquarie Galleries, Donald Friend (1956), Sydney, 1956. cat.no. 19

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Purchases and Acquisitions for 1956 National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1956, 6. cat.no. 6

Margaret Olley, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries choose from public and private collections, 'Introduction', pg. 1-3, Sydney, 2000, 2. Catalogue entry appears in inserted list to printed catalogue

Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Sydney, 1990, 84 (colour illus.). cat.no. 63

Laurence Thomas., Contemporary Australian painters, 'Foreword', Ottawa, 1957, (illus.). cat.no. 36, illus.no. 10

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph and daily news, Sydney, 30 May 1956.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 30 May 1956.