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In the new publication accompanying #DiscoveringDobell, exhibition curator #ChristopherHeathcote writes on #WilliamDobell's experience of the Great Depression of the 1930s:
'For a little over his first two years in London he lived mostly on his art prize money and some personal savings... Then difficulties overtook him....; he explained, "After my scholarship ran out I was really broke. Oh, they were very bad days, and not only days – years....We weren’t actually starving, but – one piece of bread – it had got to that stage with me and several of my friends, when we didn’t know whether to eat that slice of bread today or save it until tomorrow."
Relief came when another expatriate, Arthur Murch, was commissioned to design and create the Australian Wool Pavilion for a trade exhibition... a complex presentation that would require an enormous amount of work by professional artists.... at 10 pounds per week for nearly six months. The artist [Dobell] could regularly eat square meals at last, and he rented a furnished, gas-heated room in Pimlico, perfect for the upcoming winter... Best of all, Dobell could buy artist’s materials, the immediate result being a small, carefully worked picture of the view across Pimlico from the slate roof above his lodging house.' ~
Christopher Heathcote,
Excerpt from 'Discovering Dobell',
A @WakefieldPress publication in association with TarraWarra Museum of Art.
$49.95, available for purchase at the exhibition, or phone Museum reception (03) 5957 3100 for mail order purchases.
Image: William Dobell
Street scene, Pimlico 1937
oil on cardboard
35.5 x 27.8 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Purchased 1942
© Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

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TarraWarra trees and Dobell's Wangi Beach. Image: William Dobell, Not titled (Wangi Beach) c.1956 (detail) Private Collection

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#regram Currently on @tarrawarrama Museum of Art is a survey exhibition of 50 key works by the late Bronwyn Oliver (1959-2006) one of the most significant Australian sculptors of recent decades. Check out their Insta for more great pics of the show. TWMA is also one of our #NAVAOrganisationMembers #regionalvictoria ・・・
'Flare', created in 1997 by #BronwynOliver, one of over 50 key works by the artist on display at #TarraWarraMA in #TheSculptureofBronwynOliver.
Collection of Amanda Harkness. © Estate of Bronwyn Oliver. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Photo: Andrew Curtis Photography @andrew_curtis_photography
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In association with Wakefield Press, the Museum has produced a major new publication to accompany the exhibition #discoveringdobell, featuring an insightful new analysis and appraisal of Dobell’s achievement by Christopher Heathcote.

#DISCOVERING DOBELL
27 May - 13 August, 2017
CURATOR Christopher Heathcote

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This weekend is your last chance to see Discovering Dobell, curated by Christopher Heathcote. Museum opening hours are 11am-5pm Saturday & Sunday.
The Museum will then be closed until Saturday September 2nd for exhibition changeover.

#DiscoveringDobell, curated by #ChristopherHeathcote, offers an intimate exploration of the work of one of Australia’s most important 20th century artists, #WilliamDobell, including this #oilonpanel of the artist himself, which he painted in 1932.
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Image:
William Dobell
Self portrait 1932
oil on wood panel
35 x 27 cm, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Purchased with assistance from the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 1985
© Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

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'Nude and the moon', from the TarraWarra Museum of Art collection, by artist #GodfreyMiller.

Read more about the #bohemian times the artists in #DobellsCircle shared, via the link in our profile to the Australian Financial Review article on the exhibition. ¤

Image: Godfrey Miller
Nude and the moon c.1962
oil and pencil on canvas
64.2 x 101.5 cm
Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2008
TarraWarra Museum of Art collection © Estate of John Henshaw. Courtesy of Charles Nodrum Gallery

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This weekend is your last chance to see Discovering Dobell, curated by Christopher Heathcote. Museum opening hours are 11am-5pm Saturday & Sunday.
The Museum will then be closed until Saturday September 2nd for exhibition changeover.

#DiscoveringDobell, curated by #ChristopherHeathcote, offers an intimate exploration of the work of one of Australia’s most important 20th century artists, #WilliamDobell, including this #oilonpanel of the artist himself, which he painted in 1932.
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Image:
William Dobell
Self portrait 1932
oil on wood panel
35 x 27 cm, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Purchased with assistance from the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 1985
© Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

#onehourfrommelbourne #fiveminutesfromhealesville #drawings #worksonpaper #oilpainting #bravurabrushwork #canvas #figurative #portraiture #landscapes #roadtrip #wandervictoria #visityarravalley #williamdobell #australianartists

In association with Wakefield Press, the Museum has produced a major new publication to accompany the exhibition #discoveringdobell, featuring an insightful new analysis and appraisal of Dobell’s achievement by Christopher Heathcote.

#DISCOVERING DOBELL
27 May - 13 August, 2017
CURATOR Christopher Heathcote

#onehourfrommelbourne #fiveminutesfromhealesville #drawings #worksonpaper #oilpainting #bravura #brushwork #canvas #figurative #portraiture #landscapes #roadtrip #wandervictoria #visityarravalley #williamdobell #twma #tarrawarraMA

TarraWarra trees and Dobell's Wangi Beach. Image: William Dobell, Not titled (Wangi Beach) c.1956 (detail) Private Collection

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A #closerlook at 'The student', also shown in our last post #insitu in our major exhibition, #DiscoveringDobell.

Image: William Dobell, The student (Warren Stuart) 1940 (detail), oil on canvas on hardboard, 106 x 71.5 cm, Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO, TarraWarra Museum of Art collection, Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2009, © Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

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#GentlemenInRed: when friends who haven't seen each since student days over 30 years ago catch up, to find that not only are they in the #samesame colours as one another, but also the #student in #WilliamDobell's work.

#Shoutouts too, to @wfmu in #New York, the longest running #freeformradio station in the US, at which the gent on the left hosts a program.

Artwork: William Dobell, The student (Warren Stuart) 1940, oil on canvas on hardboard, 106 x 71.5 cm, Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO, TarraWarra Museum of Art collection, Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2009, © Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

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An excerpt from today's Saturday Age article on #DiscoveringDobell, on how the exhibition curator #ChristopherHeathcote #joinedthedots between this work and the drawing also shown here (#slidesideways).
~ 'While researching the Newcastle-born artist, Heathcote visited the Art Gallery of New South Wales. What he found was staggering – masses and masses of drawings; Dobell had kept everything. Sorting through them, Heathcote realised he had struck gold; when he mentioned his find to gallery staff, they confirmed no one had been through the material since it was acquired in the 1970s. "I found two pages covered with all these little drawings of kids playing on the street, probably in west London, then found they all turned into a work we'd already chosen for the show, Cockney Kid with Hoop. You can see how all these little sketches, where he's just looking at kids playing on the street, start to evolve and then become studies for major paintings."
Kerrie O'Brien,
'Beyond the Archibald: How artist William Dobell bounced back from scandal'
The Saturday Age,
To read the full article tap the link in our profile.

Images:
All William Dobell,
Cockney kid with hoop 1936 (detail x2)
oil on plywood
65 x 30.5 cm
Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AC 2015
TarraWarra Museum of Art collection
© Sir William Dobell Art Foundation
and
(STUDIES OF CHILDREN) (LONDON GENRE) 1930s
pencil on paper
20.1 x 15.8 cm
Dobell Album, volume 2, page 60
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Gift of the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art
Foundation, 1990

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'Artist William Dobell is widely remembered for the furore caused by his work in the Archibald Prize. Curator and art historian Dr Christopher Heathcote says this high-profile incident, which caused such an outcry, overshadowed Dobell's work. "No one has really gone into what the work was like, what it was about, discovering Dobell – discovering the art rather than the man. Everything is focused on the great ruckus over the Archibald Prize." Discovering Dobell, an exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art, aims to address that scenario.'
Kerrie O'Brien,
'Beyond the Archibald:
How artist William Dobell bounced back from scandal'
The Saturday Age
The Age - theage.com.au
To read more, click on the link in our profile.

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In the new publication accompanying #DiscoveringDobell, exhibition curator #ChristopherHeathcote writes on #WilliamDobell's experience of the Great Depression of the 1930s:
'For a little over his first two years in London he lived mostly on his art prize money and some personal savings... Then difficulties overtook him....; he explained, "After my scholarship ran out I was really broke. Oh, they were very bad days, and not only days – years....We weren’t actually starving, but – one piece of bread – it had got to that stage with me and several of my friends, when we didn’t know whether to eat that slice of bread today or save it until tomorrow."
Relief came when another expatriate, Arthur Murch, was commissioned to design and create the Australian Wool Pavilion for a trade exhibition... a complex presentation that would require an enormous amount of work by professional artists.... at 10 pounds per week for nearly six months. The artist [Dobell] could regularly eat square meals at last, and he rented a furnished, gas-heated room in Pimlico, perfect for the upcoming winter... Best of all, Dobell could buy artist’s materials, the immediate result being a small, carefully worked picture of the view across Pimlico from the slate roof above his lodging house.' ~
Christopher Heathcote,
Excerpt from 'Discovering Dobell',
A @WakefieldPress publication in association with TarraWarra Museum of Art.
$49.95, available for purchase at the exhibition, or phone Museum reception (03) 5957 3100 for mail order purchases.
Image: William Dobell
Street scene, Pimlico 1937
oil on cardboard
35.5 x 27.8 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Purchased 1942
© Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

#onehourfrommelbourne #fiveminutesfromhealesville #drawings #worksonpaper #oilpainting #figurative #portraiture #landscapes #roadtrip #wandervictoria #visityarravalley #williamdobell #australianartists #australianart

#Artencounter at #DiscoveringDobell with one of #WilliamDobell's eight portraits of the renowned cosmetics doyenne, #HelenaRubenstein, shown in our last post with an excerpt from the new publication written on the artist by the exhibition's curator, #ChristopherHeathcote.

Image:
William Dobell
Helena Rubinstein 1957
oil on composition board
95.4 × 95.6 cm
National Gallery of Victoria
Felton Bequest, 1964
© Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

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'The cosmetics manufacturer Helena Rubinstein became an obsession for William Dobell. He fretted over her portrait for six years, producing many versions in an effort to portray what he considered an allusive personality. She had led a chequered and colourful career. Having arrived in Australia from Poland in 1902, and speaking almost no English, she went to live with relatives who ran a store in the rural Victorian town of Coleraine.
Affected by Australia’s dry heat, Rubinstein tried to make a moisturiser by experimenting with lanolin, which was in plentiful supply in the sheep district. Within twelve months she was selling homemade beauty creams to an expanding clientele; ...Rubinstein moved to London in 1908 and progressively became one of the leading cosmetics manufacturers – and richest women – in the world.
Helena Rubinstein was in her late eighties when William Dobell began work on her portrait...
There would be seven more in following years.' ~
Excerpt from the new publication,
'Discovering Dobell', by the exhibition curator #ChristopherHeathcote,
produced by #TarraWarraMA in association with Wakefield Press, @wakefieldpress
$49.95, available for purchase at the exhibition,
or phone Museum reception (03) 5957 3100 for mail order purchases.
Image:
William Dobell
Helena Rubinstein 1957
oil on composition board
95.4 × 95.6 cm
National Gallery of Victoria
Felton Bequest, 1964
© Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

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A #closerlook at 'The bathers', by artist #JohnPassmore, who 'embraced the forms of Cézanne', as described by the co-curator of #DobellsCircle #ChristopherHeathcote, in his new publication 'Discovering Dobell'. To see an image of the entire work tap #ddjpthebathersatarrawarrama

Image: John Passmore
The bathers c.1951 (detail)
Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO,
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2009
TarraWarra Museum of Art collection
© John Passmore Museum – Trustee Elinor Wrobel OAM

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'Nude and the moon', from the TarraWarra Museum of Art collection, by artist #GodfreyMiller.

Read more about the #bohemian times the artists in #DobellsCircle shared, via the link in our profile to the Australian Financial Review article on the exhibition. ¤

Image: Godfrey Miller
Nude and the moon c.1962
oil and pencil on canvas
64.2 x 101.5 cm
Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2008
TarraWarra Museum of Art collection © Estate of John Henshaw. Courtesy of Charles Nodrum Gallery

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This weekend's Australian Financial Review article on #DobellsCircle and #DiscoveringDobell includes the story of how a very young #MargaretOlley, who would later go on to become one of Australia’s #mostloved artists, first met #fellowartist #WilliamDobell, who did this #pencildrawing of her. ~ '...there was an endless round of get-togethers spent talking and eating, playing jazz records and drinking in actors' flats and painters' studios. One regular master of the revels was the painter Reg Brackenreg, who had a large studio adjacent to Dobell. During the 1940s, a fortnight reputedly wouldn't pass without a gathering in his digs, Reg leading the bohemians in bawdy songs as Bill, a lit cigarette ever wedged in his mouth, raced off a succession of tunes on a paint-flecked piano... ...a young artist named Margaret Olley came to a party at Reg Brackenreg's in a strange dress she had made from parachute material purchased as war surplus. It kept billowing as she moved, making a peculiar filmy sight as Olley and a succession of males danced the foxtrot during the evening. Dobell talked her into wearing it while posing for what became his next Archibald Prize winner in 1948.'
~Christopher Heathcote
The Dobell Circle
AFR Weekend
27/28 May 2017

Christopher Heathcote is the author of Discovering Dobell, published by Wakefield Press, $49.95, and the curator of the exhibition Discovering Dobell, showing concurrently with Dobell's Circle, at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria, May 27 to August 13, 2017.

To read more of the article tap the link in our profile.

Image:
Not titled (Study for 'Portrait of Margaret Olley') 1948
drawing in black pencil
sheet 25.3 x 20.2 cm
sight 23.8 x 17.7 cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 1976

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In today's Australian Financial Review:
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'Russell Drysdale just had to have the picture. Painted by his friend and neighbour, Bill, it was so strong, a perfect study of character. It portrayed a girl seen playing with an old hoop on a down-at-heel West London street. The work was small, in oils on a piece of plywood, although to Drysdale's professional eye that painting stood out in the exhibition. Barefooted, with a mop of straw coloured hair and in a thin cotton dress, the girl was standing with hands on hips in a truculent display of bad temper.

Drysdale delighted in the paintwork, which was handled with a casual restraint that spoke of much skill. He also couldn't get over how Bill had conveyed the vitality of childhood, especially that pent-up energy of kids about to begin squabbling. Without further thought, Russell Drysdale went over to the person manning the gallery's desk and bought Cockney kid with hoop, a minor masterpiece by William Dobell.

This was in 1942, back when Drysdale and Dobell were barely known – those forgotten glory days of King's Cross bohemia when artists who are now legend were neighbours....'
Christopher Heathcote
The Dobell Circle
AFRWeekend
27/28 May 2017

Christopher Heathcote is the author of Discovering Dobell, published by Wakefield Press, $49.95, and the curator of the exhibition Discovering Dobell, showing concurrently with Dobell's Circle, at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria, May 27 to August 13, 2017.

To read more tap the link in our profile.

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#NewExhibitions #OPENTODAY!
#DISCOVERING DOBELL
27 May - 13 August, 2017
CURATOR Christopher Heathcote

#DiscoveringDobell offers an intimate glimpse of William Dobell, one of Australia’s most important 20th century artists, whose heart remained anchored in the daily life of everyday people, from the streets of Depression-raked London to Sydney’s Kings Cross.

Curated by Christopher Heathcote, the exhibition demonstrates how Dobell developed ideas from sketches to paintings. In some instances previously unknown relationships between drawings, gouaches and important oils are identified.

In association with Wakefield Press, the Museum has produced a major new publication to accompany the exhibition, featuring an insightful new analysis and appraisal of Dobell’s achievement by Christopher Heathcote.

#DOBELLSCIRCLE
27 May - 13 August, 2017
CURATED by Christopher Heathcote and Anthony Fitzpatrick
Dobell’s Circle is an exhibition of paintings and drawings from the TarraWarra Museum of Art collection which features significant members of the lively community of artists William Dobell mixed with, highlighting how central he was to the mid-century Sydney scene.

Image: exhibition installation view, Photo of William Dobell by Max Dupain 1942, National Portrait Gallery Canberra; artwork in gallery, William Dobell, The student (Warren Stuart) 1940, © Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

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When John from ClearlightShows #lightingspecialists has #beenandgone, all works are #hung, and #vitrines have lids on.

Our #newexhibitions, #DiscoveringDobell, #DobellsCircle and #SelectedWorksfromtheTarrawarraMuseumofArtCollection
#open this Saturday!

Images: exhibition installation views, #DiscoveringDobell, including in second image,
Helena Rubinstein 1957, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest, 1964; Sketch portrait of Helena Rubinstein 1957, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 1976, Study for Helena Rubinstein 1957, Private collection; Study for 'Helena Rubenstein' 1960, Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO, Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2009,
TarraWarra Museum of Art collection.

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The 'notorious' portait which was the subject of a cover story in The Sydney Morning Herald in 1990, (shown in our last post). It also features #intheflesh in our new exhibition #DiscoveringDobell, opening this Saturday.
Image: William Dobell
Mr Joshua Smith 1943
oil on canvas
107 x 76 cm
Private collection
Courtesy Sotheby’s Australia
© Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

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