Fred Williams

Riverbed D

1981

Not on display
Artist
Fred Williams 1927–1982
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1748 x 1368 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist's estate 2006
Reference
T12272

Display caption

Riverbed D is one of the last paintings that Williams made, shortly before his death. It combines a sparse composition with his use of the course of a river through the landscape, already seen in the earlier Dry Creek Bed series. The restraint of representation is balanced by the interplay between surface and image, also seen in a contemporary series of red desert paintings made at Pilbara.

Gallery label, May 2008

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