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The great rock: dusk



Lloyd Rees


17 Mar 1895 – 02 Dec 1988

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Alternate image of The great rock: dusk by Lloyd Rees
Alternate image of The great rock: dusk by Lloyd Rees
  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    95.2 x 116.9 cm stretcher; 118.2 x 138.1 x 8.5 cm frame :

    0 - Whole, 95 x 115.1 cm, SIGHT DIMENSION

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l. corner, black oil "L REES 79".

    Purchased 1977
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © A&J Rees/Copyright Agency

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    Lloyd Rees

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  • About

    Rees visited Central Australia with his wife in 1976, where he made a number of drawings and watercolours at various times of the day. He described his impression of Uluru (Ayers Rock):

    "... the great Rock that is revealed at sunset is an amazing sight. It is very red, but it is also very simple. You hardly see any form at all, it is sort of flat. But I found out that if you go before the sunset and get to the side of the Rock, you see an amazing amount of natural sculpture. The rock in general terms looks so simple, but get the side rays ... and nature's bas-relief of the Rock is the most thrilling part of it. So 'The great Rock - dusk' ... was my reaction to this sculptural quality."
    - Lloyd Rees 1983

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

    • Clary Akon, Limelight Magazine, 'Nature by design: the art of Lloyd Rees', pg. 96-97, Sydney, Jun 2013, 96.

    • Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Tangible Life Forms', pg. 12-13, Sydney, 01 Jun 2013-02 Jun 2013, 13 (colour illus.).

    • Chris Dalton, From Terra Nullius to beloved companion: reimagining land in Australia, 'Australian landscape art', pg. 53-66, Underwood, 2017, 60, n.pag. (colour illus., detail).

    • Jane Hampson, Look, 'Under the influence: the work of Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley hangs side-by-side in a new exhibition', pg. 12-16, Melbourne, Feb 2001, 15 (colour illus.).

    • Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 2001, front cover (colour illus.), 8.

    • Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Contents', pg. 7, Sydney, Mar 2013, cover (colour illus., detail), 7 (colour illus.), 22.

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