Fred WILLIAMS, Yellow landscape '74 Enlarge 1 /1


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

  • England 1951-56

Yellow landscape '74 1974 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper electric hand engraver and drypoint, printed in black ink, from one zinc plate Support: T.H. Saunders paper
Edition State: only state
Impression: proof 3/3

Dimensions: plate-mark 25.3 h x 55.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of James Mollison 1984.
Accession No: NGA 84.81
Image rights: © Estate of Fred Williams
  • Gift of James Mollison to the NGA, February 1984.

Fred Williams painted Landscape ‘74 in his studio over 1974–75, after a visit to Preston Gorge, a relatively inaccessible site on the outskirts of Melbourne. He initially intended it to become one of a suite of canvases on the scale of Monet’s waterlily series, but he never realised these plans. He made the etching Yellow landscape ‘74 while working on this painting.

Both Landscape ‘69 triptych and Landscape ‘74 are evocative and spiritual works. Williams did not seek merely to create an impression of a particular place, the surface appearance, but sought instead to convey something about the character of the bush, honing his images into a kind of spiritual essence of the landscape — absolute and enduring.

Anne Gray

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002