An image of The road to Jericho

George W Lambert

(Russia, Australia 1873 – 1930)

The road to Jericho

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'.

oil on canvas
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.

Purchased 1941
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