Fred Williams

Beachscape, Erith Island II

1975

Medium
Oil paint on 4 canvases
Dimensions
Displayed: 1800 x 2036 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist's estate 2006
Reference
T12270

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In the early 1970s Williams’s work changed considerably. He became interested in the movement of the sea and produced a series of paintings on islands in the Bass Straight
between Victoria and Tasmania. In Beachscape, Erith Island II, one of a small number of multi-part works, Williams examined the movement of the tide and the creation and recreation of temporary landscapes as the sea washed over the beach. The new focus on the sea brought a lighter and more lyrical colour, while the format implied sectional slices through time and space.

Gallery label, May 2008