An image of Down the hills to Berry's Bay

Roland Wakelin

(Australia 1887 – 1971)

Down the hills to Berry's Bay

Location
Not on display
Further information

It was about the year 1913 that the first glimmerings of what is now called ‘modern art’ came to us in Sydney ... Colour was the thing it seemed – vibrating colour, and there were new ideas in composition – unorthodox ... We commenced to heighten our colour, working in stippling touches, and to make severe cubistic drawings.

Roland Wakelin, 1928

With its broken brushstrokes of pure vibrating colour, this painting reveals Roland Wakelin’s admiration for E Phillips Fox’s painting The ferry, and for the modernist approach of the post-impressionists encouraged by his teacher Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo. The simplified form and accentuated arabesque of the shoreline foreshadow the earliest abstract paintings in Australia. Wakelin’s radical approach however caused a furore among the Royal Art Society’s hanging committee in 1916.

Year
1916
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas on hardboard
Dimensions
68.0 x 122.0 cm board; 64.0 x 118.6 cm sight; 81.4 x 136.0 x 5.3 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, blue oil "R.S.WAKELIN. 1916".
Credit
Purchased 1961
Accession number
OA18.1961
Copyright
© Roland Wakelin Estate