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Snow storm, Perisher Valley II



Fred Williams

Australia, England

23 Jan 1927 - 22 Apr 1982


It's the kind of country you have to be born into – or be just plain 'hardy', but tremendously attractive to look at – the fascinating patches of snow form themselves into very inventive shapes.
- Fred Williams 1975

Fred Williams and his family took a holiday at the Kosciuszko National Park in January 1975. Although it was mid summer, the weather was unseasonably cold and there were traces of snow on the peaks. Williams made a number of studies of the landscape in acrylic and then gouache. This work depicts a sudden summer snowstorm.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005


Place where the work was made

Kosciuzko National Park New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

gouache on ivory Arches paper


57.0 x 76.5 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed l.r., pen and black ink "Fred Williams.". Not dated.


Ruth Komon Bequest in memory of Rudy Komon 2004


Not on display

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Artist information

Fred Williams

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 3 publications


Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Celebrating Fred Williams', pg. 24-25, Sydney, Nov 2004, 24 (colour illus.).

Patrick McCaughey, Fred Williams 1927-1982, Kensington, 1980, 287-288. General reference to paintings from this period.

James Mollison, A singular vision: the art of Fred Williams, Canberra, 1989, 191-197. General reference to paintings from this period.