An image of Caresse de l'Astre

Ian Fairweather

(Scotland, Australia 29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974)

Caresse de l'Astre

Not on display
Further information

"Am sending today one package of paintings ... They are also (mostly) without titles - for they really refer (mostly) to nothing in particular - sort of soliloquies - I suppose will have to come under the heading of abstracts."
- Ian Fairweather 1959

The spiritual aspect of the Chinese aesthetic, which encompasses the idea that a finished work should 'emerge' from the sheet, impressed Fairweather profoundly, and directed his method of making pictures.

'Caresse de l'astre' was painted at Bribie Island off the coast of Brisbane, where Fairweather settled permanently in 1953. Around the middle of the decade, his work began to evolve from clear figuration to being almost completely abstract by 1959-60.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000

Place of origin
Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia
(circa 1959)
gouache on hardboard
73.6 x 97.8 cm board; 82.8 x 108.0 x 6.3 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner with monogram, black gouache "IF". Not dated.

Purchased 1959
Accession number
© Ian Fairweather/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney