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Chinese mountain



Ian Fairweather

Scotland, Australia

29 Sep 1891 - 20 May 1974


'Chinese mountain' is a fascinating hybrid between visual cultures, made during the formative part of Fairweather's career after he arrived in Melbourne in 1934. The work clearly reflects something of his Asian experience but also his interest in Post-Impressionism, especially the work of Cézanne and Van Gogh. This passion was shared by other local artists including William Frater, Arnold Shore and Lina Bryans, who strengthened Fairweather's growing interest in the movement.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004


Other Title

(Chinese Mountain)

Place where the work was made

Bulelang Bali Indonesia



Media category


Materials used

oil and gouache on cardboard


48.7 x 59.0 cm board; 61.8 x 69.0 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, pencil "I Fairweather". Not dated.


Purchased 2001


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Ian Fairweather

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 9 publications


Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'China and Bali', pg. 18-28, Sydney, 2009, 23 (colour illus.), 246. plate no. 6; 17; titled '(Chinese Mountain)'

Murray Bail, Mary Eagle, Drusilla Modjeska, Martin Armiger, Joanna Capon and Pierre Ryckmans, Fairweather, Australia, 1994, 76 (colour illus.), 142. plate no. 4; Private collection, Melbourne

Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, Sydney, 1981, 33, 35 (colour illus.), 220, 231. 17, colour plate no. 8; Private collection, Melbourne

Joanna Capon, Yin-yang : China in Australia, 'The influence of China on Australian art', pg. 47-55, Sydney, 2008, 52 (colour illus.), 53.

Department of Education and Science (Editor), Hemisphere [vol. 27, no. 1], Sydney, 1982, 57 (colour illus.).

Rodney James, Australian artists in Bali: 1930s to now, 'The first and second wave 1930-1990', pg. 8-38, Langwarrin, 2015, 14, 64.

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Ian Fairweather's Chinese encounter', pg. 28-31, Sydney, Aug 2004, 29 (colour illus.), 31.

Queensland Art Gallery (Curator), Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition, South Brisbane, Jun 1965. 65; Pictures from the collection of Mrs. Lina Bryans

Jill Sykes, Look, 'The Chinese factor: China's indelible impression on Ian Fairweather', pg. 10-11, Melbourne, Nov 2001, 10 (colour illus.), 11.