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Title

By train from Perugia to Terontola & landscape lines no. 1, 1987, 1988

1988

Artist

Ken Whisson

Australia

1927 -

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  • Details

    Date
    1988
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    99.0 x 117.6 cm sight; 110.7 x 129.5 x 4.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    24.2021
    Copyright
    © Ken Whisson
    Artist information
    Ken Whisson

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  • About

    Ken Whisson relocated from Melbourne to Perugia in central Italy in the late 1970s. In Italy, Whisson’s style and technique underwent a significant change: he began painting on linen instead of composition board and allowed the white primed background to become as important as the brightly coloured, floating shapes and lines which hover over the ground. One subject which recurs in Whisson’s works from this period is the experience of travelling through the landscape by train or car.

    By train from Perugia to Terontola & landscape lines no. 1, 1987, 1988 visually reads like a sequence of vignettes, seen en route between two locations. It is a two-sided painting, and either side can be displayed. The two year dates add to the duality of this work, but rather than documenting two specific train journeys it is a composite image recalling the experience of travelling through the landscape and the elements from it that impressed themselves on the artist’s visual memory.

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