The student
The student

William Dobell

1899 - 1970 The student 1939
  • oil on canvas
40.7 cm x 66.1 cm

William Dobell


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

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