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Lloyd Rees, c. 1988

Lewis Morley

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 27.8 cm x 35.4 cm, image: 23.6 cm x 35.4 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. Morley first met the 88-year-old Rees when he was on his way to Desiderius Orban's 99th birthday lunch. He was struck by Rees's gentle zestiness, which was diminished somewhat the next time he saw him, after the death of his wife. This photograph was taken on the second occasion, through the window of Rees's studio, which was spattered and encrusted with the colours of Rees's career.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2003.58

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 63 in 1988)

Lloyd Rees AC CMG (age 93 in 1988)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 portraits)

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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.