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Title

Spanish encounter

1960

Artist

John Olsen

Australia, England, Spain, Portugal

21 Jan 1928 -

Alternate image of Spanish encounter by John Olsen
Alternate image of Spanish encounter by John Olsen
Alternate image of Spanish encounter by John Olsen
Alternate image of Spanish encounter by John Olsen
Alternate image of Spanish encounter by John Olsen
Alternate image of Spanish encounter by John Olsen
Alternate image of Spanish encounter by John Olsen
Alternate image of Spanish encounter by John Olsen
Alternate image of Spanish encounter by John Olsen
Alternate image of Spanish encounter by John Olsen
Alternate image of Spanish encounter by John Olsen
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Date
    1960
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    triptych: oil on hardboard
    Dimensions
    triptych: 183.0 x 366.0 cm board overall; 185.0 x 367.4 x 5.0 cm frame overall :

    a - left panel, 183 x 122 cm, board

    b - centre panel, 183 x 122 cm, board

    c - right panel, 183 x 122 cm, board

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner right panel [part c], black oil "J.O/ '60".

    Credit
    Purchased 1960
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    OA29.1960.a-c
    Copyright
    © AGNSW

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  • About

    Shortly after his work was shown in 1956 in 'Direction I', an exhibition of abstract works, with Robert Klippel, John Passmore, William Rose and Eric Smith, John Olsen travelled to Europe. He went initially to London, then Paris and onto Spain, where he lived mostly on the island of Majorca. During this period he was influenced by the Tachist artists Antoni Tàpies and Jean Dubuffet, as well as Surrealism and Expressionism.

    'Spanish encounter' was painted soon after Olsen’s return to Australia in 1960. It encapsulates a vitality stemming from Olsen’s experience of Spain combined with the pulsating activity of Sydney's inner-city life, which struck the artist upon his return. Surging across three panels, gestural black lines are punctuated by bursts of brown, yellow and burnt ochre. These elements exemplify Olsen's commitment to the act of painting as a total experience, fusing process with subject matter.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Sydney

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 30 publications

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