(Australia 1887 – 1971)
Syncromy in orange major
- Other titles:
- Synchromy in orange major, Syncromy in orange red
- 20th & 21st c Australian art
- Further information
What convinced the cautious Wakelin to embark on an interlude of avant-gardism around 1919 can only be surmised. In that year, with Roy de Maistre, he showed 'colour harmonies' - tiny chromatic experiments without precedent in Australian painting. Older by a few years than his co-exhibitor, Wakelin was feasibly fired by a spirit of competition and camaraderie. 'Syncromy in orange major' is a landscape, but one in which the structural underpinnings of place have been extracted, stripped, and presented for pure aesthetic consideration, not for descriptive purposes. A rare handful of related studies survive, Wakelin having revoked the enterprise in 1920.
- oil on canvas on hardboard
- 31.0 x 41.2 cm board; 40.5 x 47.6 x 3.2 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, black ink "R.S.Wakelin 1919".
- Bequest of Mervyn Horton 1983
- Accession number
- © Roland Wakelin Estate