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Caresse de l'Astre

(circa 1959)


Ian Fairweather

Scotland, Australia

29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Bribie Island Queensland Australia
    (circa 1959)
    Media category
    Materials used
    gouache on hardboard
    73.6 x 97.8 cm board; 82.8 x 108.0 x 6.3 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner with monogram, black gouache "IF". Not dated.

    Purchased 1959
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Ian Fairweather/DACS. Copyright Agency

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  • About

    "Am sending today one package of paintings ... They are also (mostly) without titles - for they really refer (mostly) to nothing in particular - sort of soliloquies - I suppose will have to come under the heading of abstracts."
    - Ian Fairweather 1959

    The spiritual aspect of the Chinese aesthetic, which encompasses the idea that a finished work should 'emerge' from the sheet, impressed Fairweather profoundly, and directed his method of making pictures.

    'Caresse de l'astre' was painted at Bribie Island off the coast of Brisbane, where Fairweather settled permanently in 1953. Around the middle of the decade, his work began to evolve from clear figuration to being almost completely abstract by 1959-60.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Bribie Island

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

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