An image of Sherbrooke Forest

Fred Williams

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

Sherbrooke Forest

Other titles:
Sherbrooke Forest I
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

When I arrived in Fremantle, I was struck by how odd the Australian landscape was ... It always worried me that there was no focal point in it, so I simply thought, well I'll paint it and I’ll leave the focal point out.

Fred Williams, 1976

Following his return to Australia in 1957, and strongly influenced by the post-impressionists and Cézanne in particular, Fred Williams began to create images exploring the symmetry and spatial ambiguities of stands of eucalypt saplings.
This resulted in an increasingly abstracted series of watercolours, paintings and prints of trees in Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, made during the next four years. This painting is a major early work
which signals how far Williams would go in his abstraction of the landscape.

This work was a finalist in the 1961 Wynne Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1964.

oil, tempera on hardboard
142.2 x 122.0 cm board; 156.0 x 135.5 x 5.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, black oil "Fred Williams.". Signed u.r. verso on hardboard on label, black ball-point pen ".../ FRED WILLIAMS".

Purchased 1964
Accession number
© Estate of Fred Williams