William Dobell1899 - 1970 The student 1939
- oil on canvas
lived and worked in Sydney
The student 1939
oil on canvas
61cm x 40cm
Acquired in 1987
William Dobell was a renowned Australian portrait and landscape artist of the 20th century. Dobell won the Archibald Prize, Australia's premier award for portrait artists on three separate occasions.
Dobell painted a number of versions of this study of a young man. Dramatically lit and painted with thick, waxy paint built up to create a richly dense surface, the figure almost hovers as a luminscent presence radiating out from the darkness of his surroundings.
© William Dobell/Copyright Agency, 2018