(Australia 17 Mar 1895–02 Dec 1988)
A tribute to France
- Other titles:
- A Tribute to France - Country I
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
- Further information
Rees made a number of visits to Europe during his lifetime and made many sketchbook drawings during his travels, which he later developed into drawings and paintings. 'A tribute to France' is based upon a visit Rees made to Béziers, in Languedoc, in 1969:
"We entered a narrow street on the left-hand side of this great open space and entered the maze of fascinating little squares and alleys, eventually emerging on a quite large square with a very remarkable cathedral on our left ... Opposite me I could see a wall and no building beyond it. When I reached it, there was the great open landscape and a river far below that was the inspiration for [this] picture.
The picture is meant to be a tribute to France as a whole, to its plains, its architecture. A church with a tower in the almost immediate foreground was introduced by me as a pictorial necessity, but also as an indication that the great Romanesque school of architecture began in the south of France."
- Lloyd Rees 1987
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
- oil on canvas
- 116.9 x 132.1cm stretcher; 134.0 x 149.3 x 6.5cm frame
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.l. corner, black oil "L.REES/ 68-69".
- Purchased 1969
- Accession number
- © AGNSW