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A tribute to France



Lloyd Rees


17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988


Rees made a number of visits to Europe during his lifetime and made many sketchbook drawings during his travels, which he later developed into drawings and paintings. 'A tribute to France' is based upon a visit Rees made to Béziers, in Languedoc, in 1969:

"We entered a narrow street on the left-hand side of this great open space and entered the maze of fascinating little squares and alleys, eventually emerging on a quite large square with a very remarkable cathedral on our left ... Opposite me I could see a wall and no building beyond it. When I reached it, there was the great open landscape and a river far below that was the inspiration for [this] picture.
The picture is meant to be a tribute to France as a whole, to its plains, its architecture. A church with a tower in the almost immediate foreground was introduced by me as a pictorial necessity, but also as an indication that the great Romanesque school of architecture began in the south of France."
- Lloyd Rees 1987

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000


Other Title

A Tribute to France - Country I



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


116.9 x 132.1 cm stretcher; 134.0 x 149.3 x 6.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, black oil "L.REES/ 68-69".


Purchased 1969


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Lloyd Rees

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 12 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Lloyd Rees Retrospective, ‘Catalogue: paintings’, pp 25-32, Sydney, 1969, 31. titled and dated 'Country I' 1969; 95

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 109 (colour illus.).

Betty Clarke, Lloyd Rees, ‘Introduction’, pp 13-17, Melbourne, Mar 1981, 15, 33, 34 (illus.). titled ‘Tribute to France - Country 1’; 20

Deutscher-Menzies, Sydney and Lawson-Menzies, Deutscher-Menzies & Lawson-Menzies, Sydney: Major fine art auction - 25 March 2009, Sydney, 2009, 84, 86.

Renée Free, Lloyd Rees, ‘Part III: Australia and Europe 1960-70’, pp 78-102, Melbourne, 1972, 99 (colour illus.), 219. titled 'Country I (Beziers)'; O262; plate no. 31

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

Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees in Europe, ‘Introduction’, pp 9-17, Sydney, 2002, 15 (colour illus.), 123, 124, 127.

Robert Lindsay, Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'Lloyd Rees', Sydney, 1976, n.pag. (illus.). 51

Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pp 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 31 (colour illus.).

Lloyd Rees, Lloyd Rees: an artist remembers, ‘Paintings of the 1960s’, pp 81-102, Sydney, 1987, 96 (colour illus.), 97, 152. plate no. 34

Ken Wach, Menzies, Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers: Important Australian & International Fine Paintings and Sculpture: 6 December 2012, Sydney, 'A song to creation - land', pp 110-113, Sydney, 2012, 112. lot no. 50

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Acquisitions for 1969', pp 538, Sydney, Jul 1970, 544 (illus.). plate no. 32