29 Dec 1914 - 23 Oct 1999
Albert Tucker, one of Australia’s most important post-war artists, helped reinvigorate and re-mythologise the Australian landscape through his modernist approach. Along with Sidney Nolan, Joy Hester, John Perceval and Arthur Boyd, he was part of the group of artists active at Heide, near Melbourne, in the 1940s and enjoyed the patronage of John and Sunday Reed. Tucker left Australia in 1947 and spent the next thirteen years travelling and painitng in Japan, England, Europe and the United States.
‘Thames’ is part of a series of paintings and drawings stemming from Tucker’s time in London and the Turner-like abstract influence on his depictions of the river Thames at the time.
Thames at Greenwich
polyvinyl acetate, cardboard, hessian and sand on hardboard
66.4 x 128.8 cm sight; 77.5 x 140.0 x 3.8 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown synthetic polymer paint "Tucker 1957".
Gift of the Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation 2017
Not on display
© Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation. Courtesy of Sotheby's Australia
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Albert Tucker (1960), Museum of Modern Art in Australia, Melbourne, 09 Nov 1960–25 Nov 1960
Albert Tucker (1969), Bonython Art Gallery [Sydney], Paddington, 28 Oct 1969–19 Nov 1969
Albert Tucker: Paintings 1945-1960, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, 1982–1982
Albert Tucker: A retrospective:
- National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne 21 Jun 1990–12 Aug 1990
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 15 Mar 1991–26 May 1991
Albert Tucker: promised gifts from the Estate, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Jan 2007–11 Mar 2007
Referenced in 9 publications
Bonython Art Gallery [Sydney], Albert Tucker, Sydney, 1969. cat.no. 63; titled 'Thames I'
Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Foundation Newsletter #8, Sydney, Jun 2006. not paginated.
Gavin Fry, Albert Tucker, Sydney, 2006, 126 (colour illus.). titled 'Thames at Greenwich'
Albert Tucker: a retrospective, Melbourne, 1990, 54 (illus.). titled 'Thames'
Barry Pearce, Look, 'Albert Tucker: A chance for Sydney to get to know a Melbourne artist better', pg. 12, Sydney, Mar 2007, 12.
John Reed, Albert Tucker, Melbourne, 1960. possibly cat.no. 29; titled 'Thames at Greenwich'; priced 450 gns
Albert Tucker, Richard Haese and Tolarno Galleries, Albert Tucker: paintings 1945-1960, Melbourne, 1982, (colour illus.). not paginated; cat.no. 54
Christopher Uhl, Albert Tucker, 'The Refugee', pg. 47-77, Melbourne, 1969, 68, 69 (colour illus.), 100. cat.no. 10.22; plate no. 24; titled 'Thames I'
Peter Ward., The Weekend Australian, 'The power and pain of a prodigal son', Sydney, 27 Feb 1982-28 Feb 1982.