Fred Williams

Coal Delivery

1955

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Fred Williams 1927–1982
Medium
Oil paint on board
Dimensions
Support: 1014 x 621 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist's estate 2006
Reference
T12268

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This is a relatively rare example of Williams’s early work, made towards the end of his studies in London. It reflects the tradition of urban realism in British art, which drew upon the example of Walter Sickert, as well as current social concerns. One of a series based on city activities, Coal Delivery replaces the monumentality of contemporary social realism with dynamism. Williams was in Britain for only a short time before returning to Australia where he became one of the leading artists of his time.

Gallery label, September 2016

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