An image of Australian beach pattern

Charles Meere

(Australia 06 Dec 1890 – 17 Oct 1961)

Australian beach pattern

Other titles:
Beach Pattern
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
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
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