Olinda Landscape

Fred Williams

Williams Olinda
Olinda Landscape by Fred Williams


Fred Williams
Olinda Landscape
watercolour on paper on composition board
56 x 38.7 cm

signed lower left: Fred Williams
Reproduced courtesy the copyright holder.

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private collection, USA
private collection, Melbourne

Further Information

Williams created a series of important watercolour landscapes between 1958 and 1961, during visits to the Olinda home of his friends Nance and Martin Foster.

“A masterly series of Olinda landscapes, including a large batch of watercolours which were important both then (1960 – 61) and later in his art, proved to be the stepping stone to his own distinctive landscape manner. … Delicacy, transparency, touch: these new-found qualities in Williams’ landscape style were largely the result of the influence of his own Olinda watercolours. They are exceptional works for Williams by being exclusively in watercolour, without gouache reinforcement. They were made directly from nature and the liquidity and rapidity of the medium enabled him to realize sensation more fully than before. … They are the first of Williams’ pieces in which the whole work is made out of touches, patches and washes on the surface; they anticipate one of his most familiar and important landscapes modes of later years.”

Patrick McCaughey, Fred Williams, Bay Books, Sydney, 1980, pp.138-139