(Australia 17 Mar 1895–02 Dec 1988)
116.9 x 132.1cm stretcher; 134.0 x 149.3 x 6.5cm frame
Rees made a number of visits to Europe during his lifetime and made many sketchbook drawings during his travels, which he later developed into drawings and paintings. 'A tribute to France' is based upon a visit Rees made to Béziers, in Languedoc, in 1969:
"We entered a narrow street on the left-hand side of this great open space and entered the maze of fascinating little squares and alleys, eventually emerging on a quite large square with a very remarkable cathedral on our left ... Opposite me I could see a wall and no building beyond it. When I reached it, there was the great open landscape and a river far below that was the inspiration for [this] picture.
The picture is meant to be a tribute to France as a whole, to its plains, its architecture. A church with a tower in the almost immediate foreground was introduced by me as a pictorial necessity, but also as an indication that the great Romanesque school of architecture began in the south of France."
- Lloyd Rees 1987
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
Menzies Art Brands Pty Ltd [Sydney] (Australia) (Author), Menzies, Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers: Important Australian & International Fine Paintings and Sculpture: 6 December 2012, Sydney, Sydney, 2012, 112.
Deutscher-Menzies, Sydney (Australia), Lawson-Menzies (Australia), Deutscher-Menzies & Lawson-Menzies, Sydney: Major fine art auction - 25 March 2009, Sydney, 2009, 84, 86.
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Lloyd Rees in Europe, Domain, 2002, 15 (colour illus.), 123, 124, 127.
Annabel Davie (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Handbook, Domain, 1988, 31 (colour illus.).
Betty Clarke (Australia) (Author), Lloyd Rees, Melbourne, Mar 1981, 33, 34(illus.). cat.no. 20
Robert Lindsay (Australia, b.1945) (Author), Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, Sydney, 1976, (illus.). cat.no. 51; not paginated
Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Domain, 1972, 109 (colour illus.).
'Acquisitions for 1969', pg. 538., Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly Jul 1970, Jul 1970, 544 (illus.). plate no. 32
Aspects of Australian art: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1976, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1976–1977.
Lloyd Rees survey drawings and paintings 1918-1980 (1981), University Gallery, The University of Melbourne, 01 Mar 1981–01 Apr 1981.
Lloyd Rees survey drawings and paintings 1918-1980 (1981), City of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, 01 May 1981–01 Jun 1981.
Lloyd Rees survey drawings and paintings 1918-1980 (1981), S.H. Ervin Gallery, 30 Jun 1981–01 Jul 1981.
Lloyd Rees survey drawings and paintings 1918-1980 (1981), Wollongong City Gallery, 01 Sep 1981–01 Oct 1981.
Les étés d'or: A homage to France, S.H. Ervin Gallery, 30 Jun 1989–30 Jul 1989.
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000.
Lloyd Rees in Europe (2002-04), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 09 Feb 2002–28 Apr 2002.
Lloyd Rees in Europe (2002-04), Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 13 Jun 2003–27 Jul 2003.
Lloyd Rees in Europe (2002-04), Albury Regional Gallery, 06 Feb 2004–07 Mar 2004.
Lloyd Rees in Europe (2002-04), Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, 07 May 2004–27 Jun 2004.
Lloyd Rees in Europe (2002-04), Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 09 Sep 2004–17 Oct 2004.
Lloyd Rees in Europe (2002-04), Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 26 Oct 2004–05 Dec 2004.