N04801 Bathing Scene, Bali 1933
Tempera on paper mounted on millboard, 35 x 52 (89 x 135), about 2.5cm of the painted surface turned over all round
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1935
Prov: CAS (purchased from the artist 1934)
Exh: Spring Exhibition, Cartwright Memorial Hall, Bradford, March-June 1935 (269) as 'Bathing Scene: Bali'
Lit: Nourma Abbott-Smith, Ian Fairweather: Profile of a Painter (Brisbane 1978), pp.51, 66
Repr: CAS Report 1934-5 (London 1935), p.9
Ian Fairweather left Shanghai in late 1932 or early 1933, and stopped off in Bali for six months on his way to Australia. This picture and a painting 'Procession in Bali' (52 x 143cm), bought by the Leicester Museums and Art Gallery in 1936, seem to be his largest and most important early surviving works.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.213, reproduced p.213