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An image of Sapling forest by Fred Williams

Fred Williams

(Australia, England 23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982)

Title
Sapling forest
Place of origin
MelbourneVictoriaAustralia
Year
1962
Media category
Watercolour
Materials used
watercolour, gouache across two sheets
Dimensions

57.0 x 77.4 cm image / sheet overall

Signature & date
Signed l.r., watercolour "Fred Williams". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1964
Accession number
WA10.1964
Copyright
© Estate of Fred Williams
Location
Not on display
Further information

This delicate, airy watercolour is from the 'Saplings Series' of 1962-68, in which Williams' vision of the landscape became increasingly abstract. The harmoniously blotted gouache and watercolour washes suggest an ambiguity in the relationship between the trees and their background, while the delicate tones and dappled application of colour evokes the play of sunlight in the forest.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

Bibliography (2)

Dennis Colsey and Hal Missingham, One hundred years of Australian landscape painting: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1968, Sydney, 1968, 26 (illus.). cat.no. 32

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, 'Introduction: Painting in watercolour', pg. 8-16, Sydney, 1995, 11 (colour illus.), 113. plate no. iii

Exhibition history (6)

Fred Williams (1964), Georges Gallery, Melbourne, 01 Apr 1964–14 Apr 1964

Fred Williams (1964 at Rudy Komon Art Gallery), Rudy Komon Art Gallery, Woollahra, 13 May 1964–30 May 1964

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1964, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Mar 1965–04 Apr 1965

One hundred years of Australian landscape painting: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1968, Various, 1968–1969

Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:

Australian Collection Focus: Fred Williams gouaches, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Mar 2005–01 May 2005