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Standing nude

circa 1946


Fred Williams

Australia, England

23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Standing female nude
    Place where the work was made
    Melbourne Victoria Australia
    circa 1946
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas on plywood
    98.4 x 38.0 cm board
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2012
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Fred Williams

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    Fred Williams

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  • About

    Although Fred Williams is best known as a landscape artist, his study and early work was grounded in figuration. In late 1943, at the age of sixteen Williams enrolled at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, where he studied drawing. Here he spent many hours laboriously sketching plaster casts, before advancing to life drawing. He subsequently undertook painting classes with William Dargie who advocated a subtle, tonal approach, and attended private classes held by modernist painter, George Bell.

    This painting, produced while Williams was a student at that National Gallery School, indicates his capacity and respect for achieving both volume and mass in his figures. 'Standing nude' exemplifies a period of transition where Williams developed from a student to young artist.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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