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Leonard French

The Warriors, 1963 - 1964

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Catalogue number: 11

enamel on hessian covered hardboard

122.00 x 137.00

unsigned; titled, dated and signed on label on reverse

Provenance:

Previously James Fairfax Collection;
Private Collection, Melbourne, since c 2000

Literature & references:

see Sasha Grishin, Leonard French, Craftsman House, 1995, plates 26, 27 and 28 for other works of the period illustrating his move from the primarily spiritual conflict found in the 1960-61 Campion series (plates 4 to 8) to the more physical conflict - often, as here, military in origin - from which much of his iconography was sourced. This can be found in an earlier sequence of works the Iliad series, shown at the Victorian Artists Society in 1955 as well as numerous later works from the 1970's whose titles alone are revealing: Parade, Death of a general, the camp, etc (plates 31 to 34). The early 1960's saw French's work gather an increasing opulence of colour, surface and texture, and a broadening of subject matter - all leading to a flowering of his reputation as a leading artist of his generation. This was emphasised by his inclusion in significant overseas exhibitions (Whitechapel Gallery, 1961; Tate Gallery, 1962; the Sao Paulo Biennale, 1963; Australian Painting Today, 1963-65, to name a few) as well as his next major series; the Seven Days of Creation, donated by Kenneth Myer to the Australian National University. Glass commissions included the National Library of Australia and the monumental ceiling for the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria. The Warriors was painted after the artists return from London and Samos and employs an arguably tighter geometry than most other works of the era, eschewing all curves and diagonals in favour of a gridded structure more commonly associated with a later generation of artists of the 1970s.

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