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The fig tree, McMahons Point



Lloyd Rees


17 Mar 1895 – 02 Dec 1988

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    Fig tree - McMahon's Point
    Fig tree, McMahon's Point
    Fig tree, McMahons Pt.
    McMahons Point Fig Tree
    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    pencil on ivory wove paper
    18.8 x 20.8 cm image; 22.2 x 22.1 cm sheet (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l., pencil "L REES/ 1931".

    Purchased 1955
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © A&J Rees/Copyright Agency

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    Lloyd Rees

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  • About

    Lloyd Rees valued drawing highly and it was an integral part of his oeuvre. Indeed, through the 1930s it was almost his exclusive focus. In 1931 he moved to McMahon's Point, on the north shore of the harbour, where he made many drawings of views towards Circular Quay, Balmain, Goat Island and Ball's Head.

    "The full measure of my highly detailed drawings of Sydney Harbour were done at McMahon's Point. It was drawing purely for the sake of drawing, for by now, I was well out of the swim of the art world ... Drawing was simply an obsession and I was completely absorbed in the discovery of form and composition. The drawings were by no means naturalistic in the sense of simply selecting a subject and drawing it, for there were things brought in and things left out. They were highly worked and I had an intense interest in the manipulation of them. I drew in the morning and then took the work home and looked at it in the afternoon and if I saw anything superfluous, I rubbed it out."
    - Lloyd Rees 1985

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 9 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 10 publications

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