The Rider (Beaumaris)
- Clarice Beckett
- The Rider (Beaumaris)
- oil on board
- 24.5 x 34.5 cm
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Private collection, Melbourne
Clarice Beckett Retrospective, Realities Gallery, Melbourne, 1979
Clarice Beckett: Black Rock and Environs, Black Rock House, Melbourne, 1982
Clarice Beckett, Martin Brown Fine Art, 2002, cat. no. 6
Innovative Australian Women, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, 2020
Beckett’s unique vision, borne from Meldrum tonalism, captures in intimate and realistic detail the sights she painted en plein air, particularly around the bayside suburbs of her home in Beaumaris. Her subjects are specific yet universal - the coast; the road; treed landscapes - and always atmospheric, often capturing the hazy, ethereal time of dawn or dusk, sunrise or sunset. Her loose and spare brushstrokes bring to life a moment, in pared back, suggestive shapes, which retain their essential meaning – here, the solitary rider along the beachside track, evocative against the broad horizontal tonal bands of muted colour.
With thanks to Ros Hollinrake for her assistance with cataloguing this artwork.