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An image of Australian beach pattern by Charles Meere
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Alternate image of Australian beach pattern by Charles Meere Alternate image of Australian beach pattern by Charles Meere Alternate image of Australian beach pattern by Charles Meere

Charles Meere

(Australia 06 Dec 1890 – 17 Oct 1961)

Title
Australian beach pattern
Other titles:
Beach Pattern
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
1940
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

91.5 x 122.0 cm stretcher; 108.0 x 138.8 x 5.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "CHARLES MEERE 1940".
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
OA20.1965
Copyright
© Charles Meere Estate
Location
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

Charles Meere was one of a group of Sydney artists whose work modernised classical artistic traditions as a means of depicting national life during the inter-war period. The epitome of his vision is Australian beach pattern, a tableau of beach goers whose athletic perfection takes on monumental, heroic proportions. Meere created a crowded and complex composition through the pattern of figures, which appears as a still-life of suspended strength. This iconic painting encapsulates the myth of the healthy young nation symbolised by the tanned, god-like bodies of the sunbathers.

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Exhibition history (11)

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman (1940), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Jan 1941–23 Feb 1941

Charles Meere A.R.C.A. (1952), David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 20 Aug 1952–28 Aug 1952

On the Beach, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Dec 1982–28 Dec 1982

Celebrity Choice - Sam Neill, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Jan 1987–08 Feb 1987

Two hundred years of Australian painting : Nature, people and art in the southern continent:

On the beach: Australian Artists at the shore, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Bulleen, 05 Dec 1994–05 Feb 1995

Ready, set, ... go! Sporting life and Australian art, Global Arts Link, Ipswich, 18 Aug 2001–11 Nov 2001

"When I was young...": artists' impressions of childhood, Global Arts Link, Ipswich, 09 Nov 2002–02 Feb 2003

Strike a pose, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, 13 Feb 2004–04 Apr 2004

Art Deco 1910-1939, NGV: International, Australia, 27 Jun 2008–05 Oct 2008

Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 21 Sep 2013–08 Dec 2013