Fred Williams Beachscape, Erith Island II 1975

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Artist
Fred Williams 1927–1982
Title
Beachscape, Erith Island II
Date 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
Not on display

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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.

May 2008

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