Albert NAMATJIRA, not titled [landscape] Enlarge 1 /2
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Arrarnta people

Australia 1902 – 1959

not titled [landscape] 1955 Description: First of Mantlepiece set of two paintings (No. 5) Second of Mantlepiece set of two paintings (No.6)
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 recto lower right in watercolour, 'ALBERT NAMATJIRA'. Not dated.
Dimensions: image 25.4 h x 35.8 w cm sheet 28.0 h x 38.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Thomas William and Pamela Joyce (Joy) Falconer 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.321.1

Albert Namatjira was the leading light of a group of watercolourists at the Hermannsburg Lutheran Mission in Central Australian. The landscape paintings of Namatjira and other Arrernte artists were regarded as evidence of the success of the government’s policy of assimilating indigenous people into white Australian society. However, the subjects of their paintings were not merely chosen for their beauty, but for the ancestral significance of the land to the artists.

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