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Title

Syncromy in orange major

1919


Artist

Roland Wakelin

Australia

1887 - 1971


About

What convinced the cautious Wakelin to embark on an interlude of avant-gardism around 1919 can only be surmised. In that year, with Roy de Maistre, he showed 'colour harmonies' - tiny chromatic experiments without precedent in Australian painting. Older by a few years than his co-exhibitor, Wakelin was feasibly fired by a spirit of competition and camaraderie. 'Syncromy in orange major' is a landscape, but one in which the structural underpinnings of place have been extracted, stripped, and presented for pure aesthetic consideration, not for descriptive purposes. A rare handful of related studies survive, Wakelin having revoked the enterprise in 1920.


Details


Other Titles

Synchromy in orange major

Syncromy in orange red


Date

1919


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas on hardboard


Dimensions

31.0 x 41.2 cm board; 40.5 x 47.6 x 3.2 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, black ink "R.S.Wakelin 1919".


Credit

Bequest of Mervyn Horton 1983


Accession number

50.1985


Artist information

Roland Wakelin

Artist profile

Works in the collection

55


Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history