(Ghost gum landscape)

Albert Namatjira

Medium: Watercolour on illustration board
Dimensions: 32.5 x 50 cms image size | 49 x 67 cms framed                                    Condition: Good  
Date: 1940 circa 

Provenance: Purchased in Central Australia, owner deceased then inherited, private collection in NSW.

Comment: This untitled artwork bares the artist signature in the manner as he would sign. Namatjira's signature on his artworks is usually found as being uppercase block style. The painting is presumed to be an earlier work by the artist.

CHG Director’s Statement: Albert Namatjira was an Aboriginal artist who saw a great deal of success due to his distinctive painting style. His fame led to Albert and his wife becoming the first Aborigines to be granted Australian citizenship.

Namatjira’s first exhibition in Melbourne (1938) was sold out. He went on to experience moderate success nationally at one stage drew praise from the Queen.

However his career was cut short when Albert was charged for supplying alcohol to Aboriginal people in 1958 and was imprisoned for 2 months. When he was freed, he had lost the will to paint. In 1959, he passed away.

In September 2016, Albert Namatjira’s largest painting was auctioned for a record breaking $122,000, surpassing the presale estimate of $80,000 - $100,000.

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