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You Yangs landscape



Fred Williams

Australia, England

23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Watercolour , Drawing
    Materials used
    gouache on paper
    38.8 x 58.8 cm sheet; 57.3 x 75.7 x 3 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed lower c., pencil "Fred Williams.". Not dated.

    Gift of Violet Dulieu 1994
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Fred Williams

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    Fred Williams

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  • About

    Fred Williams first began sketching in the You Yangs, an outcrop of granite peaks south west of Melbourne, in the winter of 1962, and made a series of works on the subject between 1963 and 1964. The local landscape offered him many challenges, as it varied depending on whether he was looking towards the peaks, or away from them. A flat, rather featureless landscape without any distinct pictorial focus lay at the foot of the hills, which in contrast had many more features including rocks, trees and gullies.

    The motif is built up over a geometric substructure with a series of abstract touches that can be readily identified as trees and other features of the landscape. The accumulation of marks in particular areas of the pictures was derived from Williams’ observation of gum trees planted along roads or fence lines.

    The You Yangs works are particularly well represented in the gallery's collection including works in gouache, charcoal, oil and print.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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