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Title

Self portrait

(1950s)

Artist

Charles Bush

Australia

23 Nov 1919 - 13 Nov 1989

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Melbourne Victoria Australia
    Date
    (1950s)
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    sanguine on rough side of litho paper
    Dimensions
    51.2 x 38.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the Estate of June Davies 2012
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    241.2012
    Copyright
    © AGNSW

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    Artist information
    Charles Bush

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  • About

    Much liked and admired during his lifetime, Bush was one of the most talented students of his generation at Melbourne’s National Gallery School. He also won numerous prizes, including the Melrose Portrait Prize (with a self portrait in 1952) and the Wynne Prize (1952, 1955). He was a member of an early Australian cultural delegation to China in 1956 and fronted a national television programme ‘My fair lady’ about art and fashion between 1959 and1962.

    Bush taught drawing at the National Gallery School briefly in the 1950s and was art critic for The Australian in the 1960s. He and Phyl Waterhouse met at the National Gallery School and thereafter were virtually inseparable apart from the War years, when he enlisted (he was appointed an official War artist in 1943). Bush also studied in London under Bernard Meninsky and travelled through Italy, France and Spain with Waterhouse 1950-1952. They didn’t marry until 1979. Together with June Davies, he and Waterhouse were owner-directors of Leveson Street Gallery in Melbourne (1962-1985).

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Melbourne

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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