Albert NAMATJIRA, not titled [Ghost Gum, Mt Sonder, MacDonnell Ranges]. Enlarge 1 /1


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