The Diaries of Fred Williams 1963–1970

Patrick McCaughey
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The Diaries of Fred Williams 1963–1970

Patrick McCaughey
A generous and insightful glimpse into the private life and creative process of a giant of Australian landscape painting
Fred Williams kept a daily diary from 1963 until his death in 1982. Disciplined and meticulous, he recorded life in the studio, family life and his contact with artists, dealers and the art world-a page per day. At the beginning and end of each year, Williams would reflect on his progress, noting the ups and downs and plan for the coming year The diaries contain studied reflections on his own art and offer an intimate picture of a major Australian artist at work. He maps out his work-small representations of what will become notable and important artworks-and makes comments about his contemporaries, with the occasional sharp judgement and snatch of art-world gossip, all notably without malice. The 1960s were crucial years for Williams. He moved from being a well-regarded painter to becoming a major Australian artist. Colour reproductions of his extraordinary paintings reveal their evolution and the struggles behind their…
Fred Williams kept a daily diary from 1963 until his death in 1982. Disciplined and meticulous, he recorded life in the studio, family life and his contact with artists, dealers and the art world-a page per day. At the beginning and end of each year, Williams would reflect on his progress, noting the ups and downs and plan for the coming year. The diaries contain studied reflections on his own art and offer an intimate picture of a major Australian artist at work. He maps out his work-small representations of what will become notable and important artworks-and makes comments about his contemporaries, with the occasional sharp judgement and snatch of art-world gossip, all notably without malice. The 1960s were crucial years for Williams. He moved from being a well-regarded painter to becoming a major Australian artist. Colour reproductions of his extraordinary paintings reveal their evolution and the struggles behind their making in his studio. The Diaries of Fred Williams is a generous and insightful glimpse into the private life and creative process of a giant of Australian landscape painting.

Patrick McCaughey

Patrick McCaughey

Ever since he saw a prize exhibition as a schoolboy at the National Gallery of Victoria—which included such contemporaries as Charles Blackman, Leonard French, Roger Kemp, John Brack and Fred Williams—to the time he directed three leading art museums in Australia and America, Patrick McCaughey has championed the cause of Australian artists.
He became Director of the National Gallery of Victoria 1981-87 and spent the northern academic year 1986-87 as Visiting Professor of Australian Studies…

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