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Fred Williams, 1969

David Moore

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 50.5 cm x 40.8 cm, image: 40.5 cm x 26.0 cm)

Fred Williams OBE (1927-1982), painter and etcher, was one of the most important Australian artists of the twentieth century. His unique landscape vision emerged in the late 1950s, after his return from a period of study and work in London. The 1960s saw an increasing minimalism in his paintings, which reached its most extreme point at the end of the decade. In the monumental works of 1969, the year this photograph was taken, he attempted to evoke the vast scale of the Australian land through canvases of a single colour dotted with tiny flecks of paint. Although Williams later turned to representation of denser, more colourful country, his severe and sparse pictures of the 1960s contributed profoundly to subsequent interpretation of the Australian landscape.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Accession number: 1999.5

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

David Moore (age 42 in 1969)

Fred Williams (age 42 in 1969)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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