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West Lake, Hangchow



Ian Fairweather

Scotland, Australia

29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    The yellow river
    (River, Hangchow)
    (West Lake, Hangchow)
    Place where the work was made
    Bulelang Bali Indonesia
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil and gouache on paper on canvas on cardboard
    47.5 x 55.0 cm board; 63.0 x 72.5 x 6.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

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

    Donated in memory of Lina Bryans 2001
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Ian Fairweather/DACS. Copyright Agency

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  • About

    'West Lake, Hangchow' 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

    • Murray Bail, Mary Eagle, Drusilla Modjeska, Martin Armiger, Joanna Capon and Pierre Ryckmans, Fairweather, Australia, 1994, 64, 75 (colour illus.), 142. plate no. 3

    • Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'Melbourne, post-impressionism', pg.29-37, Sydney, 2009, 32 (colour illus.), 245. cat.no. 12; plate no. 12; titled '(River, Hangchow)'

    • Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, Sydney, 1981, 33, 36 (colour illus.), 231. cat.no. 18; plate no. 9; titled '(West Lake, Hangchow)'; Collection of Lina Bryans, Melbourne.

    • Barry Pearce, Look, 'Ian Fairweather's Chinese encounter', pg. 28-31, Sydney, Aug 2004, 30 (colour illus.), 31.

    • Queensland Art Gallery (Curator), Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition, South Brisbane, Jun 1965. cat.no. 64; titled 'The yellow river' (before 1934), Pictures from the collection of Mrs. Lina Bryans

    • Claire Roberts, Fairweather and China, Melbourne, 2021, 53 (colour illus). as (River, Hangchow)

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

    • Anothony White, The Cambridge companion to Australian Art, 'Foreign natives: Australian Modernism 1915-1919', 109-121., Port Melbourne, 2011, 115.

    • INK: Whiteley and Others, Sydney, 2006. List of works

Other works by Ian Fairweather

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