Burnt landscape, Upwey no 1
23 Jan 1927 - 22 Apr 1982
At the end of 1968, bushfires swept through the Dandenongs, one stopping less than one hundred meters from the Williams family home at Upwey. It was a terrifying experience that Williams recalled later as like 'living in a war'. However, the fires bore fruit artistically, as he devoted the rest of the year to works depicting the effects of the fire and its aftermath. In 'Burnt landscape, Upwey no. 1' and 'Burnt landscape, Upwey no. 2' the unaccustomed scale of the transformed landscape is revealed, its undergrowth stripped and its trees burnt away or laid bare by the flames.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005
gouache on ivory Arches paper
56.8 x 76.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed lower c., black gouache "Fred Williams.". Not dated.
Bequest of Professor Douglas Joseph 1990
Not on display
© Estate of Fred Williams
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:
Australian Collection Focus: Fred Williams gouaches, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Mar 2005–01 May 2005
Referenced in 3 publications
Helen Campbell, Wynne centenary 1897-1997: a selection of past winners from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997. not paginated
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 85 (colour illus.), 122. cat.no. 76
Symphony in the Flint Hills: Tenth Anniversary, Field Journal 2015, Volume VII, Cottonwood Falls, 2015, 45 (colour illus.).