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Dick Watkins


04 May 1937 -


Other Title

Meyerhold's last October



Media category


Materials used

diptych: synthetic polymer paint on canvas


left panel 243.7 x 152.4 x 4.0 cm stretcher; right panel 244.0 x 152.5 x 4.0 cm stretcher; 244.0 x 305.0 x 4.0 cm stretcher overall

Signature & date

Signed bot. c. verso left panel [part a], blue synthetic polymer paint "Dick Watkins".
Signed l.r. corner verso right panel [part b] on stretcher, blue synthetic polymer paint "Dick WATKINS".
Dated l.l. corner verso right panel [part b] on stretcher, blue synthetic polymer paint "67".


Gift of Garry Pursell 2008


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Dick Watkins

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Hard work: A new show reminds us of the limitations of colour-field abstraction', pg. 12-13, Canberra, 17 Oct 2009-18 Oct 2009, 13. Focus room 'Tackling the field' exhibition review.

Central Street Gallery (Compilator), Dick Watkins: recent paintings, Sydney, 1967, n.pag.. 1; titled 'Meyerhold's last October'; priced $950

Barbara Dowse, Dick Watkins in context: an exhibition from the collection of the National Gallery, Canberra, 1992, 13.

Sylvia Harrison., Art and Australia (Vol. 25, No. 4), 'Sydney pop and social internationalism in the 1960s', Sydney, Winter 1988, 502.

Elwyn Lynn, The field, 'An important academy' by Royston Harpur; Untitled essay, pg. 84-85, Melbourne, 1968, 78 (illus.), 85, 89, 93. 71

Terry Smith, Other voices: critical journal [vol. 1, no. 1], 'Color-form painting: Sydney 1965-70', pg. 6-17, Sydney, Jun 1970-Jul 1970, 12.

Terry Smith, Transformations in Australian art: The twentieth century - Modernism and Aboriginality [Volume Two], St Leonards, 2002, 105.

David Thomas, Important Australian + International Fine Art, 'Dick Watkins', pg. 26, Melbourne, 29 Nov 2007, 26, 27 (colour illus.). lot no. 8

Natalie Wilson, Tackling THE FIELD, 'Tackling The Field', pg. 1-29, Sydney, 2009, cover (colour illus.), 9, 10, 23 (colour illus.), 24.

Natalie Wilson, Look, 'THE FIELD: Landmark Australian exhibition', pg. 12, Sydney, Sep 2009, 12 (colour illus.).