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Title

Untitled (Central Australian landscape)

circa 1950


Artist

Oscar Namatjira

Australia

1922 - 1991

Language group

Western Arrernte, Central Desert region


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Hermannsburg Northern Territory Australia


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


Artist information

Oscar Namatjira

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Hermannsburg