An image of The hillside

Lloyd Rees

(Australia 17 Mar 1895 – 02 Dec 1988)

The hillside

Not on display
Further information

Drawing was fundamental for Lloyd Rees; during the 1930s he made drawings to the exclusion of all else. His 1930s highly detailed and refined drawings of the environs of Sydney Harbour remain among the most popular works of his oeuvre.

"Drawing was simply an obsession and I was completely absorbed in the discovery of form and composition. The drawings were by no means naturalistic in the sense of simply selecting a subject and drawing it, for there were things brought in and things left out. They were highly worked and I had an intense interest in the manipulation of them. I drew in the morning and then took the work home and looked at it in the afternoon and if I saw anything superfluous, I rubbed it out". (Lloyd Rees, 'Peaks and Valleys, an autobiography', 1985, p.166)

Rock faces and cliffs were a favoured subject of Rees. The subject of this drawing is Waverton, then Bay Road, near North Sydney, where Rees lived at various addresses between 1918-19, 1920-22 and 1931-34.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

Place of origin
Waverton, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
20.0 x 26.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "L. REES 1932".

Purchased 1932
Accession number
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