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Ewald Namatjira

(1930 -  1984 )
NAMATJIRA Ewald Untitled

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Jul 21, 2015
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Ewald Namatjira - Central Australian Landscape

Ewald Namatjira - Central Australian Landscape

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Description: EWALD NAMATJIRA (1930-1984) Central Australian Landscape watercolour signed lower right: Ewald Namatjira 34 x 51 cm PROVENANCE Private Collection Aboriginal & Oceanic Art, Leornard Joel, Melbourne, 21 July 2008, lot 211 Dr Paul Sutherland, Sydney GST: Quantity: Symbol: Grade: Categories:
Ewald Namatjira - Untitled

Ewald Namatjira - Untitled

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EWALD NAMATJIRA

(1930-1984)
Untitled (circa 1940)
watercolour

signed 'Ewald namatjira' lower right

17 x 26 cm
PROVENANCE

Leslie Gair, Melbourne (acquired in 1950)

By descent

Private Collection, New South Wales
The Richard Leslie Gair collection

(**TO GO AT BEGINNING OF THIS SECTION**))
Richard Leslie (Les) Gair (1892-1970) was a canvas manufacturer, company director and Lay Canon of St Paul\’\’s Cathedral in Melbourne. His attraction to art and design found its principal form in vexillology (the study of flags), a passion he successfully integrated with his family\’\’s manufacturing interests.
Les Gair\’\’s first visit to Central Australia was in 1947. He visited the Finke River Mission at Hermannsburg where he met Albert Namatjira and Pastor Albrecht whose facilitation of an arts and craft industry provided a range of mementos for the tourist. The most notable items were the watercolour paintings for which the community was best known. Les returned to the Red Centre in 1948 and 1950 with his wife, Grace and their youngest daughter Rosemary.
A viable tourist route to the Centre had emerged when the train service, popularly known as the \‘Ghan\’\’, was pushed through to Alice Springs in 1929, providing a staging point from which Pioneer Coaches could relay visitors to Palm Valley and nearby Hermannsburg. (1) The Gairs were following in the footsteps of anthropologists, artists, naturalists and intrepid motorists who had founded the pilgrimage from the sedate suburbs of Melbourne to remote Central Australia. While the spectacular scenery of the Western MacDonnell Ranges was compelling enough reason to make the long dusty journey, the opportunity of meeting Arrernte people and witnessing the work of the mission, afforded additional significance. (2)
Les Gair met Rex Battarbee, Namatjira\’\’s mentor and agent, on several occasions and as both men were veterans of World War One, they had much in common. It is no surprise therefore that Gair\’\’s company later supplied Namatjira with tents and sleeping bags used by the artist on frequent painting trips. (3)
The Richard Leslie Gair Collection is comprised of a small number of complementary works, acquired during the late 1940s, when Namatjira and his peers were intensely engaged exploring the potential of the watercolour medium.
Exceptional works by Namatjira, such as Amulda Gorge and Mt Giles from Ormiston Pound, were painted, over a sequence of days, en plein air at remote locations. Both works feature massive geological formations, and stand equal beside the best watercolours of Hans Heysen, (1877-68) The Land of the Oratunga (1932, Art Gallery of South Australia) while surpassing comparable works by his mentor Battarbee, Finke River Gorge, Glen Helen, (1947, private collection). (4)
The Gair collection also includes formative paintings by Otto Pareroultja, Untitled (c.1948), Richard Mokatarintja, Untitled (1948) and Ewald Namatjira, Untitled (c.1948) that illustrate the transmission of the watercolour technique from Albert to his peers and children. Each of these works points to a different expressive aspect of the practice, as individual artists discovered their particular voice, while working within the parameters established by the founding master of the movement.
Taken as a whole, the Gair Collection provides vivid testament of one family\’\’s experience of Central Australia, as they encountered Indigenous people, living in, and painting their country.
John Kean
(1) Jane Hardy, '
Visitors to Hermannsburg: An essay in cross-cultural learning'
, in The Heritage of Namatjira: The Watercolourists of Central Australia, Port Melbourne, William Heinemann Australia, 1992, p. 138

(2) Peter Sutton, \‘
Melbourne\’\’s Outback
\’\’, Dialogue (Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia), Vol. 28, No. 2, 2009, pp. 74-77

(3) Letter from Namatjira to Gair (transcribed in 1965), Gair family archive

(4) Theodor George Henry Strehlow,

Rex Battarbee: artist and founder of the aboriginal art movement in Central Australia
, Sydney, Legend Press, 1956, p. 38
Ewald Namatjira - Central Australian Landscape

Ewald Namatjira - Central Australian Landscape

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Ewald Namatjira (1930-1984)

Central Australian Landscape

signed 'Ewald Namatjira' lower left

watercolour on paper

26.0 x 36.0cm (10 1/4 x 14 3/16in).

Footnotes

PROVENANCE

Lawson-Menzies, Sydney, 29 October, 2002, lot 376 (label attached verso)

The Collection of Milton and Alma Roxanas, Sydney

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE IMAGE IS INCORRECTLY NUMBERED IN THE PUBLISHED CATALOGUE
Ewald Namatjira - Untitled

Ewald Namatjira - Untitled

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Ewald Namatjira

Untitled (Burnt Ghost Gum Hermansburg Watercolour) 1971
21 x 15.5 cm

Provenance: Collection Dick Kimber Written on back "To Mr. Dick Kimber for services rendered 22/2/71" Hermansburg Watercolour on art board Ewald Namatjira was one of sons of Albert Namatjira (1902-1959), a Western Aranda man, the most famous of all central Australian water colour artists. During the late 1960's to 1972 Ewald was considered the most talented of the three brothers still painting, although his older brother Oscar (1922-1991) was still in demand, and younger brother Keith was to become the most sought after from 1972 through the late 1970's. This work of art was painted at what was known to Alice springs residents as 'the Namatjira Camp', 'Ramp-gate Camp' (because of it's proximity to the eastern most cattle grid ramp for Owen Springs station) or by some Aborigines as simply 'the camp where the sun goes down'. It was an informal camp until the 1980's, and was situated on the western edge of the Alice. Ewald was at the height of his artistic prowess when thisn work was painted.

$1,500-2,000
Ewald Namatjira - Untitled

Ewald Namatjira - Untitled

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Lot number: 503
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EWALD NAMATJIRA (1930 - 1984)

Untitled - Two Palm Trees Near Hermansberg,

c. 1955 signed 'Ewald Namatjira' lower centre watercolour and pencil,

28.5 x 23.5 cm. Provenance: Acquired from Rex Battarbee by his brother David Battarbee,

in the mid 1950's. Thence by descent.
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