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.'
The Dobell Circle
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.
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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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