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Title

Rêve du soleil (Sun dream)

1960


Artist

Janet Dawson

Australia

1935 -


About

Janet Dawson was a pioneer of non-objective painting in Australia in the 1960s, and one of the period's most significant printmakers - both of her own work and as a master printer for others, through the Gallery A print workshop in Melbourne and then Sydney. Dawson's prints of the early 1960s explored similar formal concerns of colour, composition and use of materials to her paintings of that time.

Dawson's imagery at this time was concerned with exploring formal values, in a variety of mediums. 'Rêve de soleil (Sun dream)' was printed by the artist at Atelier Patris, Paris, at the same time as another print, already in the collection ('Vers l'ombre'), while she was working there as a proof printer in 1960. Dawson's Paris lithographs were included in important national and international exhibitions of Australian prints soon after they were made, and remain among the most exceptional prints produced by an Australian artist of the period.


Details


Date

1960


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour lithograph, printed in black, purple and tan ink on cream BFK Rives paper


Edition

39/40


Dimensions

63.0 x 90.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.c., pencil "J. Dawson '60".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors Fund 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

182.2014


Artist information

Janet Dawson

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


James Mollison, Australian prints (1972), London, 1972, n.pag. (illus.). cat.no. 27; not AGNSW impression; titled 'Vers l'ombre'

Unknown, Janet Dawson, Melbourne, 1961, n.pag.. cat.no. 15; priced 15 gns; not AGNSW impression.