Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia 1893 – Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia 1973
not titled landscape
["Hermannsburg" school watercolour] 1936
Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, graphite; paper; watercolour painting in watercolour over drawing in black pencil Support: paper
Namatjira's interest in painting was sparked by visits to the mission by various artists between 1932 and 1936. Rex Battarbee, travelling with John Gardner, was the most important in terms of Albert Namatjira's development as a painter. A commercially trained artist and inveterate traveller, Battarbee was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, first visited the mission in 1932.
Battarbee taught Albert Namatjira the technique of watercolour. In return Namatjira taught him about the subjects they were to paint.
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