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Title

Miró

1987


Artist

John Olsen

Australia, England, Spain, Portugal

21 Jan 1928 -


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'.


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


Artist information

John Olsen

Artist profile

Works in the collection

131


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Emma Collerton, The three O's: Orban, Olsen & Ogburn, 'Times are a' changing', pg. 33-38, Orange, 2013, 35 (colour illus.), 59.

John Olsen, Drawn from life, Sydney, 1997, 254-256.