Auction: Sydney, Sunday 19 June 2016


“Max Dupain has created a body of work unmatched by his contemporaries […] His best images simultaneously belong to Australian culture and to the expression of the modern era.”
Gael Newton

(Lot 126) MAX DUPAIN, Kempsey Landscape 1938, silver gelatin photograph, 17.5 x 37.5 cm

The Australian landscape, characterised by its majestic Blue, White, and Red Gums, was at the forefront of the Australian painting from the time of the Heidelberg School in the late-eighteenth century, and continued well into the 1950s with the ‘Gum Tree School’ championed by Hans Heysen. Less well-known than his portraits, beach scenes, and city scapes, Max Dupain’s landscapes make up an important part of his oeuvre. Produced at time when the Gum Tree enjoyed great artistic appeal, many of Dupain’s images relate to painting in their rendering of texture, atmospheric effects, and the play of light and tone. The nature of black and white photography, however, makes these images, broody and laden with intense drama. Blue Gum Forrest 1950 is a fine example of this work. 

(Lot 229) MAX DUPAIN, Blue Gum Forest 1950, silver gelatin photograph, 22 x 20.5 cm

(Lot 230) MAX DUPAIN, Misty Morning at Bookham I 1960s, silver gelatin photograph, 30.5 x 30.5 cm


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