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The pool



Ian Fairweather

Scotland, Australia

29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974

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Alternate image of The pool by Ian Fairweather
Alternate image of The pool by Ian Fairweather
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Bribie Island Queensland Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on cardboard on hardboard
    96.5 x 117.8 cm board
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, black synthetic polymer paint "IF" [monogram]. Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Cézanne Dinner Fund 1999
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Ian Fairweather/DACS. Copyright Agency

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  • About

    'The pool' is one of Fairweather's masterpieces. It has clear references to Cézanne, revealing Fairweather's deep admiration for his work, with linear patterning derived from a fascination with Chinese calligraphy. His indebtedness to the famous bathing subjects of Cézanne is clearly signified by the figures, entangled mysteriously within the picture plane. It indicates the growing complexity of Fairweather's images from the late 1940s, juxtaposing positive over negative forms and painting in many accumulating layers. This is one of four major paintings from 1959 to 1962 in which Fairweather added the Chinese characters for the word 'auspicious' to his signature, indicating his own satisfaction with them.

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Bribie Island

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 11 publications

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