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Albert Namatjira

(1902 -  1959 ) Wikipedia® : Albert Namatjira
NAMATJIRA Albert “ghost Gums, Honeymoon Gap, West Mac Donnells”

Elder Fine Art
Jun 17, 2018
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Albert Namatjira -  “gosses Range, Northern Territory”

Albert Namatjira - “gosses Range, Northern Territory”

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Lot number: 7
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Lot 7 ALBERT NAMATJIRA (1902-1959) “Gosses Range, Northern Territory” Watercolour 23x38cm Signed Lower Right Prov: Private Collection, Adelaide Note: This work is one of the earliest works painted by Namatjira when he was working at Hermannsburg. The following information has been supplied by the vendor. Letter relating to this work to be supplied with painting. Albert Namatjia was to become a legend in Australian art, the first Aboriginal artist to become not only famous but a household name. Of course, he had to begin somewhere, and he was raised on the Hermannsberg mission where he encountered his mentor, the white city artist Rex Batterbee. Batterbee taught him how to express himself in the arts mediums, particularly watercolour and paper. In the end, Albert Namatjira could not do enough paintings to satisfy the Australian thirst for the artistic eloquence with which he portrayed his beloved environment in watercolours. Often h Is paintings, as in this case, were of sites sacred to his people. Within this landscape lie the clues to Aboriginal song-lines. Not that the public of the day realised this. They simply loved his wonderful watercolours and they were turned into everything from mass reproduction prints to tea towels. Sadly he did not live or benefit from his national fame. He died in his 50s, tragically and only partially appreciated. A few very canny and loving people had the chance to own his early original paintings. Perhaps they were prescient about his immense fame to be, or perhaps they were just nice people who encouraged the young Namatjira. This work emerges from that provenance. It is immensely special. It was given by the artist to a woman art teacher who was there at the beginning, Dora Latz (nee Pech), who was able to help the young Namatjira with that thing called “paint”. She was there for his first exhibition, and she was one of the people who was gifted works by the artist, works which have been handed down within a South Australian family and now are seen by the world at large for the first time.
Albert Namatjira - Lone Gum At Mount Gillen

Albert Namatjira - Lone Gum At Mount Gillen

Original 1958
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Lot number: 109
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Albert Namatjira (circa 1902-1959) Lone Gum at Mount Gillen, 1958 signed lower right: 'Albert Namatjira' watercolour and pencil on paper 35.5 x 44.0cm (14 x 17 5/16in). Footnotes PROVENANCE Artlovers' Gallery, Sydney William Yeager Pye, New South Wales thence by descent Mrs L. Sloane, Sydney Arthur Spartalis, Fine Art Dealer and Consultant, Perth Private collection, Sydney EXHIBITED Albert Namatjira and Leonard Long, A.R.A.S., Artlovers' Gallery, Sydney, August 1958, cat. 11
Albert Namatjira - Central Australian Landscape

Albert Namatjira - Central Australian Landscape

Original 1937
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Lot number: 70
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Description: ALBERT NAMATJIRA, (1902 – 1959), CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE, c.1937, watercolour and pencil on paper on card SIGNED: signed lower right: ALBERT bears inscription verso: Early Albert Namatjira / Sold by him to B.M. at / Hermannsburg mission on his visit in … 1937/38 DIMENSIONS: 19.5 x 29.0 cm PROVENANCE: Private collection, Adelaide, acquired during a visit to Hermannsburg in 1937-1938 Thence by descent Private collection, Melbourne RELATED WORK: Central Mount Wedge from Mac Donnell Ranges, c. 1937, watercolour over pencil on paper, 26.3 x 19.4 cm, in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Albert Namatjira - “ghost Gums, Honeymoon Gap, West Mac Donnells”

Albert Namatjira - “ghost Gums, Honeymoon Gap, West Mac Donnells”

Original 1955
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Lot number: 27
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Lot 27 ALBERT NAMATJIRA (1902-1959) “Ghost Gums, Honeymoon Gap, West Mac Donnells” Watercolour 26x35cm Signed Lower Right Prov: Private Collection, Adelaide. This work purchased in (1955) and has been in the family and passed down through descent to the present owner. Letter from the family referring to this work included with the sale of this painting. His unerring eye for the dramatic beauty of the Australian landscape and the sublime skill with a paintbrush have made Albert Namatjira the most famous Aboriginal in Australian history. Neither movie stars nor rock stars have yet eclipsed him. Not even the pantheons of prize-winning contemporary Aboriginal artists. The man stands alone. Supreme. One just has to cast an eye on this painting. It is not surprising that it has not been publicly seen since about 1955 when it was purchased. It has been a precious part of a family collection, carefully passed down through the generations until now when it arrives on the market from its proud Adelaide provenance. Namatjira painted many ghost gums and many views of his beloved Mac Donnell Ranges. But this one is a stand-out. Here is a truly grand ghostly old tree, a miracle of longevity and success in the arid rocky outcrop where it is rooted. Its trunk’s whiteness is pure and pristine, vividly contrasted against the red ochres of the rocks and the blues and pinks of the distant mountain-scape, not to mention the bright red sandy slope in the foreground. It is a brilliant and eye-catching painting, The Mac Donnell Ranges were a part of Namatjira’s home territory. He was an initiated Aranta man. He dwelt at Hermannsburg where, early in the piece at the Mission School, his art aptitude was recognised. The mission teachers encouraged him to paint boomerangs and woomeras, things in which the tourists might be interested. But visiting artists saw a hunger for learning in the young Namatjira. They brought him painting materials: watercolours, paper, and brushes. Artist Rex Batterbee was to be the catalyst who delivered the young Aboriginal man’s watercolour works to a world beyond his outback home. The city art market and the people of Australian generally roared with approval and, within a few years, Namatjira’s works were in galleries and collections everywhere. He had become a household name and prints of his paintings were to be found in most Australian homes. He was and is an Australian icon.
Albert Namatjira - Mount Sonder Viewed From Glen Helen, Northern Territory

Albert Namatjira - Mount Sonder Viewed From Glen Helen, Northern Territory

Original 1945
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Lot number: 98
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Description: ALBERT NAMATJIRA, (1902 – 1959), MOUNT SONDER VIEWED FROM GLEN HELEN, NORTHERN TERRITORY, c.1945, watercolour on paper SIGNED: signed lower right: ALBERT NAMATJIRA DIMENSIONS: 22.0 x 35.0 cm PROVENANCE: Mc Murray Galleries, New Zealand Private collection, New South Wales Thence by descent Private collection, New South Wales
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