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Arrarnta people

Australia 1916 – 1984

Portrait of an Aboriginal man c.1954 Title Notes: Date derived from stamp on reverse of work.
Place made: Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, paper; watercolour painting in watercolour Support: paper

Primary Insc: Signed lower left in pen and ink, 'Reuben Pareoultja'
Tertiary Insc: stamped verso Inscribed in discoloured blue ballpoint pen, '4gns / (illeg. signature)'; Inscribed verso lower right in black pencil, '21 and half x 17 and half'
Dimensions: image 29.0 h x 40.0 w cm sheet 29.0 h x 40.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Len Fox 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.1648
Subject: Aboriginal Australians: Portrait, male
  • Mr Len Fox, 10 Little Surrey Street, Potts Point N.S.W. 2011

The intangible heritage of Namatjira-his creative legacy, and his commitment to country-continues in Central Australia through his grandchildren and the descendants of the other Western Aranda artists whom he inspired. Albert Namatjira had been painting for seven years before any of the newer Aranda artists started to gain recognition.(1) key artists of Namatjira's generation included Edwin Pareroultja.

(1) Rex Battarbee, Foreword, Aranda artists: exhibition of paintings, David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney, 1958[?].

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra