Fred Williams

Burnt Landscape II (Bushfire Series)

1970

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1748 x 1368 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist's estate 2006
Reference
T12269

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This is one of a series inspired by bush fires that regularly ravaged the land close to Williams’s house at Upwey. The resulting paintings ranged from representations of the scorched earth and trees, to images of the new life encouraged and released by the fire. The crusty black surface of Burnt Landscape II directly evokes the physical experience of the landscape. Its title is also bitterly ironic, as this painting is one of the few that survived a fire at thewarehouse where Williams stored his works.

Gallery label, May 2008