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Golden summer, Clarendon



John Olsen

Australia, England, Spain, Portugal

21 Jan 1928 -




Media category


Materials used

oil on hardboard


182.5 x 244.3 cm board; 184.5 x 246.5 x 3.7 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "John Olsen '83".


Purchased with the assistance of Salomon Brothers 1985


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

John Olsen

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 13 publications


Elizabeth Cross, Pulse: Paintings by John Olsen 1961-2005, Healesville, 2005, 17 (colour illus.), 18, 27. Exhibition checklist.

Deborah Hart, John Olsen, Sydney, 1991, 160 (colour illus.), 161, 163 (colour illus.), 164, 168. 108

Deborah Hart, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'John Olsen', pg. 196-207, Sydney, 2000, 201.

David Hurlston and Deborah Edwards (Editors), John Olsen: the You Beaut Country, Melbourne, 2016, 152 (colour illus.).

Patrick McCaughey, Encounters with Australian modern art, 'John Olsen and Jeffrey Smart', pg. 116-128, South Yarra, 2008, 118, 119. General reference

Humphrey McQueen, Art Monthly Australia, 'Positions vacant', pg. 21-23, Canberra, Sep 2000, 22. review of 'Australian icons' exhibition

Ross Mellick and Nick Waterlow, Spirit and place: Art in Australia 1861-1996, Sydney, Nov 1996, 92 (illus.), 149.

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Comparing artists: It can expand perceptions of their work', pg. 12-14, Sydney, Aug 2009, 14.

Leanne Santoro and Deborah Edwards, John Olsen: a recipe for art, 2016, 109 (colour illus.).

Sebastian Smee, Fred Williams: infinite horizons, 'Fred Williams and company', pg. 206-215, Canberra, 2011, 214 (colour illus.), 215.

Sebastian Smee, The Weekend Australian, 'Master of his domain', pg. 18-19, Sydney, 13 Aug 2005-14 Aug 2005, 18 (colour illus.). Arts Review section.

Geoffrey Smith, Sidney Nolan: desert & drought, 'Outback and beyond', pg. 126-127, Melbourne, 2003, 126 (colour illus.). figure no. 2

East of the Sun, Sydney, 1997. List of works