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Title

Brolga

1963


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 the 1950s and 60s Tucker was determined to show Australians the forms and shapes of the country through both his paint treatment and subject matter. His handling of the themes of Australia’s people and land brought a fresh approach to painting in this country and contributed to the myth-making of Australia’s folk heroes and its unique and strange wildlife, all powered by his affection for the native landscape.


Details


Date

1963


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on hardboard


Dimensions

59.5 x 80.0 cm sight; 78.2 x 98.4 x 3.8 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., black synthetic polymer paint "Tucker 63".


Credit

Gift of the Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation 2017


Location

Not on display


Accession number

202.2017


Artist information

Albert Tucker

Artist profile

Works in the collection

87


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Barry Pearce, Look, 'Albert Tucker', pg. 12-13, Sydney, Mar 2007, 12 (colour illus.), 13.

Foundation Newsletter #8, Sydney, Jun 2006. not paginated

Albert Tucker, Sydney, 2006, 159 (colour illus.).

Albert Tucker; the mythologies and images, Sydney, 1990, 40 (colour illus.). cat.no. 47

Albert Tucker, 'The return', pg. 78-87, Melbourne, 1969, 78. Note: general reference to Brolga/bird series

Albert Tucker, Sydney, 1969. possibly cat.no. 47; not paginated