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The road to Berry



Lloyd Rees


17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988


Rees painted 'The road to Berry' in Gerringong, on the south coast of New South Wales, looking into the distance towards the road that led to Berry. The painting came to have special significance to a number of younger artists, including John Olsen and Brett Whiteley:

"'The road to Berry' is a tiny picture I remember painting from under a copse of trees ... and I just remember a small canvas and a sort of rhythmical movement that just happened; I was always amazed at the attraction it had ... I was never able to repeat that little picture, and that's a good thing."
- Lloyd Rees 1987

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Place where the work was made

Gerringong New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas on paperboard


34.6 x 42.2 cm board; 46.3 x 53.6 x 4.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, brown oil "L REES [obscured by frame]". Not dated.


Purchased 1947


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Lloyd Rees

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 29 publications


Clary Akon, Limelight Magazine, 'Nature by design: the art of Lloyd Rees', pg. 96-97, Sydney, Jun 2013, 96 (colour illus.), 97.

Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Tangible Life Forms', pg. 12-13, Sydney, 01 Jun 2013-02 Jun 2013, 13 (colour illus.).

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2006, Sydney, 2006, 22.

Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Australian 20th century art', pp 71-89, Sydney, 1984, 78 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon, Lloyd Rees Drawings - Centenary Retrospective, 'Foreward', p 5, Sydney, 1995, 5, 13.

Betty Clarke, Lloyd Rees, ‘Introduction’, pp 13-17, Melbourne, Mar 1981, 14, 15, 25 (illus.). 10

Renée Free, Lloyd Rees, ‘Part II: from Gerringong to Europe: 1943-59’, pp 68-77, Melbourne, 1972, 69 (colour illus.). O107; plate no. 13

Renée Free, Lloyd Rees Retrospective, 'The landscape of Lloyd Rees', pp 4-13, Sydney, 1969, 10, 27. 32

Jane Hampson, Look, 'Under the influence: the work of Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley hangs side-by-side in a new exhibition', pp 12-16, Melbourne, Feb 2001, front cover (colour illus.), 5 (colour illus.), 12 (colour illus.), 13.

Deborah Hart, Australia, 'Australian landscape: pathways into the modern world 1920-50', pg. 184-225, London, 2013, 188, 217 (colour illus.). 151

Janet Hawley, Artists in conversation, 'Brett Whiteley', pp 92-107, Richmond, 2012, ix (colour illus.), 99.

Janet Hawley, Encounters with Australian Artists: The Award-Winning Interviews, ‘Lloyd Rees’, pp 14-26, Queensland, 1993, 24 (colour illus.).

Robert Hughes, The art of Australia, ‘Landscape, with various figures’, pp 75-93, Melbourne, 1970, 91 (colour illus.), 92.

Lou Klepac, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Lloyd Rees', pp 64-75, Sydney, 2000, 64 (colour illus.).

Lou Klepac, Rees - Whiteley, On the Road to Berry, ‘Introduction’, pp 4-12, Melbourne, 1993, 4 (colour illus.), 14. 1

Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pp 2-4, Sydney, 2001, 3 (colour illus.), 8.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Celebrating Lloyd Rees: a book and show on the Gallery's collection of his work', pg. 21-23, Sydney, Mar 2013, 21, 22.

Elwyn Lynn, The Australian landscape and its artists, ‘Artists and paintings’, pp 5-6, Rushcutters Bay, 1977, 6, 92, 93 (colour illus.).

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pp 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 66 (colour illus.).

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. 154

New South Wales Society of Artists, Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1947), ‘Catalogue: gallery one: oils’, Sydney, 1947, n.pag.. 41; priced 25 guineas

Magret Olds, Australia through time, ‘Australia: 1947’, pp 330-331, Sydney, 1993, 331 (colour illus.). titled 'The Road to Berry'

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Earth and paradise', pp 283-284, Sydney, 2000, 286 (colour illus.), 301.

Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pp 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 30 (illus.).

Barry Pearce, Twentieth century Australian masterworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Fred Williams Pilbara Series, ‘Lloyd Rees b. 1895’, pp 24-27, Tokyo, 1985, 24 (colour illus.). titled 'The Road to Berry'; 8

Lloyd Rees, Lloyd Rees: an artist remembers, ‘The South Coast and Bathurst, 1944-58’, pp 49-66, Sydney, 1987, 52 (colour illus.), 53, 152. plate no. 15

Kathie Sutherland, Brett Whiteley: A sensual lilne 1957-67, Victoria, 2010, 19.

The Brett Whiteley Studio, Whiteley & Rees: More affinities, Sydney, 2005, (illus.). List of works

Roland Wakelin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'The artistic development of Lloyd Rees', pp 490-492, Sydney, Oct 1969, 489 (cover illus.), 490. ‘Lloyd Rees special number’