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After the bushfire



Albert Tucker


29 Dec 1914 – 23 Oct 1999

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Burnt land
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint, sand, leaves, bark on hardboard
    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".

    Gift of the Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation 2017
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation. Courtesy of Smith & Singer Fine Art

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

    • 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

Other works by Albert Tucker

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