Arrarnta people

Australia 1902 – 1959

not titled [Ghost Gum, Mt Sonder, MacDonnell Ranges]. c1953 Place made: Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, graphite; paper; watercolour painting in watercolour over drawing in black pencil Support: paper

Primary Insc: Signed lower right in watercolour, 'ALBERT NAMATJIRA'. Not dated.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed verso, 'Ghost Gum Mt Sonder, MacDonnell Range'.
Dimensions: image 36.8 h x 53.8 w cm sheet 36.8 h x 53.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1959
Accession No: NGA 59.13
  • Purchased by the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board (C.A.A.B.), from Artarmon Gallery, Sydney, January 1959.
  • Namatjira often highlighted the point from which he invited the viewer to engage with the expanse before his eyes by positioning a tree in the same space. The tree both framed the view and established a spatial reference point.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra