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Italian landscape drawing



Janet Dawson


1935 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Melbourne Victoria Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    charcoal on thick ivory wove paper
    77.0 x 90.0 cm sheet; 91.8 x 123.3 x 6.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l., pencil "J. Dawson ´60".

    Purchased with funds provided by the Arthur Boyd Acquisition Fund 2001
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Janet Dawson/Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Janet Dawson

    Works in the collection


  • About

    This drawing was made in December 1960 in Melbourne, shortly after Janet Dawson returned to Australia from Europe, courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria Traveling Scholarship. In Europe she had experienced a direct introduction to contemporary art, which was to have a profound effect on her work, as was the influence of her teacher at the Slade School, Ceri Richards.

    The latter period of her time abroad was spent in Italy where she lived for some months in the village of Anticoli Corrado in the Sabine Mountains near Rome.

    "The drawings she produced of the Italian landscape are abstracted lyrical responses to the physical experience of being there. The soft black charcoal shapes are not so much descriptive as sensual renderings of places, hills, trees and folds of valleys ... her use of formal devices of abstraction (are) embedded in a genuine response to the sensations of the landscape itself."
    Deborah Clark, The drawings of Janet Dawson National Gallery of Australia 1996 pp.3-4

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Janet Dawson survey, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, 30 Nov 2006–28 Jan 2007

      Janet Dawson survey, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 22 Feb 2007–08 Apr 2007

      Janet Dawson survey, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 30 Apr 2007–10 Jun 2007

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Christine France, Janet Dawson survey, Bathurst, 2006, 13, 15 (colour illus.), 67. cat.no. 5; plate no. 4 NOTE: this work was only shown at the first three venues of the tour

Other works by Janet Dawson

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