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Title

Sapling forest


Artist

Fred Williams

Australia, England

23 Jan 1927 - 22 Apr 1982


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

Melbourne Victoria Australia


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

WA10.1964


Artist information

Fred Williams

Works in the collection

222


Place

Where the work was made
Melbourne

Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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