(Australia 06 Dec 1890 – 17 Oct 1961)
Australian beach pattern
- Other titles:
- Beach Pattern
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
- Further information
Charles Meere was one of a group of Sydney artists whose work modernised classical artistic traditions as a means of depicting national life during the inter-war period. The epitome of his vision is Australian beach pattern, a tableau of beach goers whose athletic perfection takes on monumental, heroic proportions. Meere created a crowded and complex composition through the pattern of figures, which appears as a still-life of suspended strength. This iconic painting encapsulates the myth of the healthy young nation symbolised by the tanned, god-like bodies of the sunbathers.
This work was a finalist in the 1940 Sulman Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1965.
- Place of origin
New South Wales,
- oil on canvas
- 91.5 x 122.0 cm stretcher; 108.0 x 138.8 x 5.5 cm frame
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "CHARLES MEERE 1940".
- Purchased 1965
- Accession number
- © Charles Meere Estate. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.