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Title

Stages

1986

Artist

Fred Cress

India, Australia

10 Jul 1938 – 14 Oct 2009

  • Details

    Date
    1986
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    colour etching, aquatint, scraping out on cream wove paper
    Edition
    4/30
    Dimensions
    35.8 x 60.7 cm platemark; 53.3 x 78.8 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil ""Stages" Cress '86".

    Credit
    Gift of Graham Blondel 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    286.2011
    Copyright
    © Fred Cress Estate

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    Fred Cress

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Cress was born in Poona, India, studied at the Birmingham College of Art in England, and in 1962 came to Australia, settling first in Melbourne. Over the ensuing two decades he became a leading practitioner of Australian abstract painting. From the late 1970s however, figurative forms began to dominate his work, abstract elements becoming elemental devices for creating three-dimensional spaces which reflected the artist's strong interest in the private world of Balthus and the compositional dramas of old masters (eg. Goya). This print relates to a series of paintings and pastels from 1985 titled 'Stages', in which dark curtain-like forms fall and open to reveal colourful landscapes in the background of the image.

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