An image of Syncromy in orange major

Roland Wakelin

(Australia 1887 – 1971)

Syncromy in orange major

Other titles:
Synchromy in orange major, Syncromy in orange red
Location
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.

Year
1919
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas on hardboard
Dimensions
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".

Credit
Bequest of Mervyn Horton 1983
Accession number
50.1985
Copyright
© Roland Wakelin Estate