An image of Dry weather

Blamire Young

(Australia 1862 – 1935)

Dry weather

Location
Not on display
Further information

"When the mood took him, he surrounded himself with saucers brimming with pure colour ... Swiftly he would cover a sheet of paper with his great general tint. Into this before it was dry he would, in the most dexterous fashion, introduce some design out of his sketchbook. He would with the colour still wet, tilt the paper this way and that, letting the wash settle into forms which he would later utilise. His long experiments had given him a dexterity in the use of all sorts of inventions in the practise of water-colour which has certainly never been equalled by any Australian water-colourist."

Julian Ashton, 1917

Young was a leading practitioner in watercolour in Melbourne in the first decades of the twentieth century. His experimental approach using washing, scraping and rubbing back of the paper, highlights the staining and dilation inherent in the watercolour medium, especially when used in large formats. In Dry weather, he handles the massive forms of the landscape by the use of transparent layers to create an illusion of depth - recalling traditional Chinese watercolour in his use of non-linear space.

Year
(circa 1912)
Media
Watercolour
Medium
watercolour on paper
Dimensions
56.0 x 76.8 cm sight; 75.1 x 84.7 x 3.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r., brown watercolour "BLAMIRE YOUNG". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1912
Accession number
123