Mt Jellore

Fred R WILLIAMS: artist

Not On Display

About the work

Fred Williams’ reputation rests on his innovations in landscape painting in Australia in the twentieth century. His earliest works were concerned predominantly with the depiction of the human figure, but following his exposure to the paintings of Cézanne while he was overseas in the early 1950s, Williams turned his attention to the depiction of landscape. Following his return to Australia at the end of 1956, Williams made a small group of paintings of the landscape near Mittagong in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.
In these exploratory paintings, such as Mt Jellore, Williams approaches the landscape in a very structured way, overlaying the influence of European Modernism, in particular Cézanne’s simplification of form and use of flat areas of colour, onto his rendering of the Australian landscape.
Mt Jellore
Artist/Maker and role
Fred R WILLIAMS: artist
oil on composition board
60 x 84.5 cm
74.3 x 99.0 cm (frame)
Credit line
Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2008
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the paintings in our collection.