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Title

Untitled (Central Australian landscape)

circa 1950

Artist

Oscar Namatjira

Australia

1922 – 1991

Language group: Western Arrernte, Central Desert region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Hermannsburg Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Western Arrernte, Central Desert region
    Date
    circa 1950
    Media category
    Watercolour
    Materials used
    watercolour
    Dimensions
    28.0 x 19.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of the late Rev. and Mrs Gross of Hermannsburg Mission 2019
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    80.2019
    Copyright
    © Oscar Namatjira
    Artist information
    Oscar Namatjira

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Oscar Namatjira was Albert Namatjira’s second son and for a period of about 12 months Oscar was Albert's 'driver', taking his father to different painting locations and acquiring the skills to become an accomplished artist in his own right. Oscar later passed these skills on to his daughter Lenie Namatjira who continued the style of watercolour painting established by her grandfather and his peers.

    Like his father and daughter, Oscar created delicately hued landscapes that capture the play of light on the Western MacDonnell Ranges and other dramatic landforms such as Haasts Bluff. Initially thought of as having succumbed to European pictorial idioms – and for that reason, to ideas of European privilege over the land – these landscapes have since been re-evaluated as coded expressions of significant sites and cultural knowledge.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Hermannsburg

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition