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Title

(Group of Aboriginal people)

(1953)

Artist

Russell Drysdale

England, Australia

07 Feb 1912 - 29 Jun 1981

Alternate image of (Group of Aboriginal people) by Russell Drysdale
Alternate image of (Group of Aboriginal people) by Russell Drysdale
Alternate image of (Group of Aboriginal people) by Russell Drysdale
Alternate image of (Group of Aboriginal people) by Russell Drysdale
Alternate image of (Group of Aboriginal people) by Russell Drysdale
Alternate image of (Group of Aboriginal people) by Russell Drysdale
  • Details

    Alternative title
    Group of Aborigines (original title)
    Place where the work was made
    Cape York Queensland Australia
    Date
    (1953)
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    50.8 x 61.0 cm stretcher; 64.7 x 74.7 x 9.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, red oil "Russell Drysdale". Signed upper c. verso, brown oil ".../ RUSSELL DRYSDALE/ ...". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 2003 to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation, with assistance from Foundation supporters, including the following major donors: Peter Weiss AM & Doris Weiss John & Michelle Landerer The Yeldham family The Dusseldorp family, in memory of Anna Dusseldorp who owned the painting from 1962-2002 John & Inge Grant Maurice & Christina Green Dr & Mrs Hugh Taylor John & Anne Leece Geoff & Vicki Ainsworth Margarete Ainsworth Paul & Valeria Ainsworth Mark & Lindy Ainsworth John & Gail Marshall Andrew & Michele Michael Rowena Danziger AM & Ken Coles AM Isaac & Susan Wakil Mark & Louise Nelson Stephen & Nanette Ainsworth David Gonski AO & Dr Orli Wargon Len Ainsworth Russell & Lucinda Aboud, in memory of Hugh Buchanan May Dr Malcolm Coppleson AO & Patricia Coppleson John L Sharpe Lady (Vincent) Fairfax OBE Elizabeth Ramsden Jim & Janette Bain Bret Walker SC Neville H Grace Mr & Mrs HT Waller Leslie & Ginny Green Michael Gleeson-White
    Location
    20th & 21st c Australian art
    Accession number
    44.2003
    Copyright
    © Estate of Russell Drysdale

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    Russell Drysdale's paintings of Aboriginal people from Cape York Peninsula began as a small series in 1952–53. Prior to this, European artists had often depicted Indigenous Australians as a 'dying race', with ethnographic scrutiny or satirically, reflecting prevalent unquestioned racist attitudes of the time.

    From this series, ('Group of Aboriginal people') is a compassionate portrait, regarded as one of Drysdale's masterpieces. Using an extremely pared back image of the Australian landscape as the backdrop, Drysdale depicted this group with the sense of quiet dignity typical of his outback figure subjects.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Cape York

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 17 publications

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