An image of Australian beach pattern

Charles Meere

(Australia 06 Dec 1890 – 17 Oct 1961)

Australian beach pattern

Other titles:
Beach Pattern
Location
Not on display
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
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
1940
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
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".
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
OA20.1965
Copyright
© Charles Meere Estate