SILK AND TEXTILE PRINTERSRussell DRYSDALE, Tree forms, furnishing fabric Enlarge 1 /1


Australia commenced 1939 – 1969



Bognor Regis, England 1912 – Westmead, New South Wales, Australia 1981


  • Australia from 1923
  • England/France 1938-39
  • England 1950-51, 1957 and 1976

Tree forms, furnishing fabric (1947)
Collection Title: Modernage range
Materials & Technique: textiles, fabric, screenprint on wool

Primary Insc: printed on selvedge "`tree forms' design by Drysdale/ STP - ART"
Dimensions: 215.0 h cm 94.0 h cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Lady Drysdale 1981
Accession No: NGA 81.3060.1
Image rights: © Estate of Russell Drysdale

The awesome beauty of a drought stricken and eroded landscape was the subject of Tree forms, a design for furnishing fabric by Russell Drysdale for Silk and Textile Printers in 1946. Drysdale was among a group of Australian artists commissioned by this company, bringing images of the outback into the new spare, modern interiors of Australia’s postwar domestic, suburban environment.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra