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The waterfall, Tasmania



Lloyd Rees


17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988


"I have come to the point of looking at each picture as a new adventure. In some cases I have thrown turpentine over the whole picture and have let everything run together, and where I've wanted to get the feeling of sky I have used the ball of my hand, which I would not have done in the past. I worked rather furiously on these.

If there is one thing I want now it is for my paintings to be light right through. One of the great things the Impressionists did, probably not consciously, was to bring back what the great fresco schools of Italy had achieved, the sense of the painting being on a light background. This is what I am trying to do here, to make the lightness of the canvas the dominating thing."
- Lloyd Rees 1982

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


121.8 x 152.2 cm stretcher; 148.5 x 178.0 x 8.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, blue oil "L REES 82".


Purchased 1982


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Lloyd Rees

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 5 publications


Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Australian 20th Century Art', pg. 71-89, Sydney, 1984, 79 (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 47 (illus.). 55

Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 2001, 8.

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Earth and paradise', pg. 283-284, Sydney, 2000, 287 (colour illus.), 301.

Barry Pearce., Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, 'Preface', Sydney, 1991, front cover (colour illus.). not paginated, no catalogue numbers