I’m sadly predictable in my choice of beloved Australian artists and their paintings – they read like a ’Top 5’ website list to the culturally weary. But within each is something quite mesmerising and even surprising when seen in the flesh.
Just take Margaret Preston’s sprig of red Christmas Bells in her grey-green profusion of Flannel Flowers, Arthur Streeton’s intoxicating purple-blue of the Hawksbury River, E Phillip Fox’s gleams of sunlight on skin in The Bathers are – on closer inspection – great daubs of paint on his gloriously paint laden nude.
Brack’s Typists appear in a painting on their own (in the Joseph Brown Collection) and then turn up again, just as pert and prim, in Collins St. 5pm, while Jeffrey Smart gives the sparest but vibrant glimpse of red in his Rooftops (in Italy).
Nicholas de Lacy Brown gave me a nice prompt to finish this post having seen his beautiful graphic images of his new home and surrounds in Palma de Mallorca which reminded me of Smart’s paintings – http://daily-norm.com/2015/08/31/ocho-balcones-no-3-kitchen-contrast/
I must say I envy Nicholas not a little on reading about his expat dream job but then I can traipse about the NGV any Saturday and keep rediscovering the wonderful works below. So mustn’t grumble.
Lucky dip here to see the full pictures