An image of The road to Jericho

George W Lambert

(Russia, Australia 1873 – 1930)

The road to Jericho

Location
Not on display
Further information

In Palestine, George Lambert found a landscape that captured his imagination with almost as much force as his home country. He was greatly taken by the beauty of the Middle East: 'These sand-hills take on shapes and curves', he wrote, 'cut concave and convex, interwoven into an entrancing pattern, here rhythmical, there jagged and eccentrically posed.'

The stylised geometry of the hills in this painting and themisty purples and blues of the background represented the emergence of a modernist sensibility in Lambert's work that paved the way for future experiments by Australian landscape painters. He described the mountains around Jericho as 'jagged serrated masses of colour in strong light and shade'.

Year
(1918)
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
30.7 x 40.7 cm stretcher; 44.0 x 54.2 x 5.6 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, brown oil "G.W.L.". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1941
Accession number
7137