17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988
Drawing was fundamental for Lloyd Rees; during the 1930s he made drawings to the exclusion of all else. His 1930s highly detailed and refined drawings of the environs of Sydney Harbour remain among the most popular works of his oeuvre.
"Drawing was simply an obsession and I was completely absorbed in the discovery of form and composition. The drawings were by no means naturalistic in the sense of simply selecting a subject and drawing it, for there were things brought in and things left out. They were highly worked and I had an intense interest in the manipulation of them. I drew in the morning and then took the work home and looked at it in the afternoon and if I saw anything superfluous, I rubbed it out". (Lloyd Rees, 'Peaks and Valleys, an autobiography', 1985, p.166)
Rock faces and cliffs were a favoured subject of Rees. The subject of this drawing is Waverton, then Bay Road, near North Sydney, where Rees lived at various addresses between 1918-19, 1920-22 and 1931-34.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004
20.0 x 26.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "L. REES 1932".
Not on display
© A & J Rees. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Where the work was made
Referenced in 15 publications
Clary Akon, Limelight Magazine, 'Nature by design: the art of Lloyd Rees', pg. 96-97, Sydney, Jun 2013, 96 (colour illus.).
Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Tangible Life Forms', pg 12-13, Sydney, 01 Jun 2013-02 Jun 2013, 12 (illus.), 13.
Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pp 2-4, Sydney, 2001, 8.
Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees Drawings - Centenary Retrospective, 'The thirties', pp 43-64, Sydney, 1995, 52 (illus.). cat.no. 45
William Moore, The Courier Mail, 'Art and artists: Society of Artists', Brisbane, 17 Sep 1932.
Andrew Sayers, Australian art, 'Order and transcendence: art between the wars 1919-39', pp 120-139, Oxford, 2001, 133, 134 (illus.). plate no. 76
Andrew Sayers, Australian art, Oxford, 2001, 134.
Andrew Sayers, 100 years of Australian drawing, Sydney, 1985, 75. cat.no. 39
Roland Wakelin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'The artistic development of Lloyd Rees', pp 490-492, Sydney, Oct 1969, 496 (illus.). 'Lloyd Rees special number'
Lloyd Rees drawings, Sydney, 1978, 32. cat.no. 22
Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 9.
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 54 (illus.). cat.no. 43
Unknown (Editor), Sun, 'For Art Gallery', Sydney, 30 Aug 1932. Purchases from the Society of Artists exhibition
The Australian Financial Review, 'Illustrating love of landscapes' pg. L3, Melbourne, 19 Apr 2013-21 Apr 2013, L3 (colour illus.).
Lloyd Rees Retrospective, 'Catalogue: drawings', pp 32-35, Sydney, 1969, 33. titled 'The Hillside'; cat.no. 127