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Lloyd Rees, 1987

Michel Lawrence

type C photograph on paper (frame: 76.5 cm x 75.5 cm, mount: 75.0 cm x 74.0 cm, image: 43.7 cm x 43.5 cm)

Lloyd Rees AC CMG (1895 - 1988), artist, author and teacher, became well known as a young man for his meticulous, almost obsessively detailed, renderings of buildings around Brisbane. During trips to Europe in the 1920s, 1950s, 1960 and 1970s Rees was particularly struck by the countryside of Tuscany. His landscapes, rendered in an unpretentious style combining careful analysis, immediacy and sensuality, won wide recognition in both the public and the art world. Inevitably, his proficiency combined with his longevity to make him the 'grand old man' of Australian art in the 1980s. In 2002 the Art Gallery of New South Wales mounted a large exhibition of Rees's European drawings, based on 19 sketchbooks and a great number of drawings in the gallery's collections.

Michel Lawrence was a journalist at the Australian and is

currently Executive Creative Director and Vice Chairman of the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. His book Framed - Photographs of Australian Artists by Michel Lawrence was published in 1998.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Accession number: 1999.56

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Michel Lawrence (age 39 in 1987)

Lloyd Rees AC CMG (age 92 in 1987)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.