Fred Williams Burnt Landscape II (Bushfire Series) 1970

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Fred Williams 1927–1982
Burnt Landscape II (Bushfire Series)
Date 1970
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1748 x 1368 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist's estate 2006
Not on display

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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.

May 2008

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