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Self portrait, c. 1984

Albert Tucker

watercolour and pastel on paperboard (frame: 73.5 cm x 63.0 cm, support: 54.3 cm x 44 cm)

Albert Tucker AO (1914-1999) was one of the strongest Australian painters of last century. His expressionistic style of painting was formed during the wartime years, when the city of Melbourne took on a strange and unreal atmosphere. His first major series of paintings, collectively titled Images of Modern Evil, was painted between 1945 and 1947. Tucker lived in Europe and the United States throughout the 1950s. There he refined and extended his subjects, concentrating on Australian myths, which he saw as central to the definition of national identity.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Barbara Tucker 2004
© Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation. Courtesy of Smith & Singer Fine Art.

Accession number: 2004.24

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Artist and subject

Albert Tucker (age 70 in 1984)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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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.