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Title

After the bushfire

1962-1966


Artist

Albert Tucker

Australia

29 Dec 1914 - 23 Oct 1999


About

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.

As an expatriate artist living in Italy in the 1950s, Albert Tucker began to explore the ideas and imagery of the Australian landscape and mythology. ‘I was having nostalgic memories of Australia. I was remembering the dryness and gum tree trunks… I had that sense of dried out cratered form which were also volcanic landscapes, and they could also be wounds and gashes.’

In Rome Tucker met the acclaimed arte povera artist Alberto Burri, whose use of PVA and mixed media to build up his paint surfaces inspired Tucker to adopt the approach. The built-up surfaces he achieved with PVA, sand and other materials incorporated with paint are a noted characteristic of his work and realistically depict the ‘gashes and wounds’ of the harsh Australian landscape. Such surfaces can be seen in ‘After the bushfire’ which combines blackened leaves and bark to depict the bush in the aftermath of fire.


Details


Other Title

Burnt land


Date

1962-1966


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint, sand, leaves, bark on hardboard


Dimensions

90.8 x 122.0 cm board; 106.0 x 136.8 x 3.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., black charcoal "Tucker '66".


Credit

Gift of the Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation 2017


Location

Not on display


Accession number

200.2017


Artist information

Albert Tucker

Artist profile

Works in the collection

87


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Australian Galleries, Melbourne, Albert Tucker: Recent paintings, Melbourne, 1962. cat.no. 19; titled 'Burnt land'; priced 600 gns

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Foundation Newsletter #8, Sydney, Jun 2006. not paginated

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Albert Tucker: A chance for Sydney to get to know a Melbourne artist better', pg. 12, Sydney, Mar 2007, 12.

Christopher Uhl, Albert Tucker, Melbourne, 1969, 85, 103. cat.no. 12.10