‘If there’s anything in the world I could own, it would be Fred Williams’ Lysterfield,’ says Christie’s specialist Andrew McVinnish. Painted in 1965, the work captures a landscape ravaged by bushfire, its descriptive brushstrokes ‘like words on paper’.
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‘It is a strong, confident, Australian way of looking at the landscape,’ comments McVinnish. ‘I haven’t lived in Australia for 14 years, but as soon as I saw the painting, it sparked something in me.’
Lysterfield sold in the Australian Art sale at Christie’s in September 2013, realising £829,875, more than double its low estimate. For more, see the lots in our upcoming Australian Art sale, held on 24 September at Christie’s London.
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