Fred WILLIAMS, not titled [After the fire]. Enlarge 1 /1


Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1927 – Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1982

  • England 1951-56

not titled [After the fire]. (1968) Place made: Upwey, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, painting in gouache with clay and charcoal Support: paper

Primary Insc: signed lower right in black ink, 'Fred Williams'. not dated. not titled.
Dimensions: image 56.8 h x 76.7 w cm sheet (deckle-edged) 56.8 h x 76.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1983
Accession No: NGA 83.2989.51
Image rights: © Estate of Fred Williams
  • With the artist until his death in 1982.
  • By descent to Lyn Williams, the artists widow.
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Lyn Williams, Melbourne, August 1983.

The fires that raged in the Dandenong Ranges in February and March 1968 shocked the landscape artist Fred Williams into a new perception of the environment. As soon as the fires abated Williams explored and recorded the altered landscape:

'There is a huge gum tree that is smoking like a factory chimney - spend the next few hours making sketches of this ... I use clay and charcoal from the ground and grind it into the paper proper ... The sonorous colours tonight after the fire were something indeed ... the fine area is slowly turning green - orange.'

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra