An image of Standing nude

Fred Williams

(Australia, England 23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982)

Standing nude

Other titles:
Standing female nude
Not on display
Further information

Although Fred Williams is best known as a landscape artist, his study and early work was grounded in figuration. In late 1943, at the age of sixteen Williams enrolled at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, where he studied drawing. Here he spent many hours laboriously sketching plaster casts, before advancing to life drawing. He subsequently undertook painting classes with William Dargie who advocated a subtle, tonal approach, and attended private classes held by modernist painter, George Bell.

This painting, produced while Williams was a student at that National Gallery School, indicates his capacity and respect for achieving both volume and mass in his figures. 'Standing nude' exemplifies a period of transition where Williams developed from a student to young artist.

Place of origin
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
circa 1946
oil on canvas on plywood
98.4 x 38.0 cm board
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2012
Accession number
© Estate of Fred Williams