(Australia, England 24 Sep 1899–13 May 1970)
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
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Honing a thing down until you can still get through with economy, that’s power. Learn your technique thoroughly, immerse yourself in it, and then just throw it all out the window and express what you feel – and it will come through that you are a technician.
William Dobell, 1970
William Dobell made some of his finest life studies while attending the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1929 to 1930, which emphasised a traditional approach and the importance of a grounding in drawing from the life model, followed by painting. Revealing his early mastery of the figure, Dobell’s 'Nude' of 1931 is a work of infinite grace and sensuousness.
- oil on canvas on wood
- 89.5 x 69.2cm board; 105.5 x 84.5 x 6.0cm frame
- Signature & date
- Signed l.l. corner, pale brown oil "William Dobell". Not dated.
- Purchased 1942
- Accession number
- © Courtesy Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.