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Title

Miró

1987

Artist

John Olsen

Australia, England, Spain, Portugal

21 Jan 1928 –

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  • Details

    Date
    1987
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    pen, brush & ink, ink wash, pastel on paper
    Dimensions
    76.0 x 56.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, pen and black ink "John Olsen '87".

    Credit
    Gift of Tim Olsen 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    59.2012
    Copyright
    © John Olsen/Copyright Agency

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    John Olsen

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    Works in the collection

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  • About

    This drawing is from Olsen's 'Letters to a young artist' series of 1986–87 in which he paid homage to those senior artists he regarded as guiding his inspiration. Olsen dedicated this important series of works to the artistic tradition and shared struggle to become an artist.

    Tim Olsen, the artist's son and donor of the work, says that his father dedicated this important series of works to the artistic tradition (of which he believes/feels he is a part) and the shared struggle to become an artist. As he says of this series of drawings by his father: 'Through these works, he attempts to share his, or a master's thoughts and experiences with young artists and students. John was and is captivated 'By the transition of youthful enquiry to the disillusionment of old age'.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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