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The red hat

oil on canvas
(91.2 × 71.2 cm)
inscribed in pink paint l.r.: William Frater
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1943
© Courtesy of the artist's estate
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 7
Level 2, NGV Australia

William Frater was one of the earliest modernist artists in Melbourne, whose work was strongly influenced by Post-impressionism and Paul Cézanne. The red hat is a portrait of Frater’s close friend, artist Lina Bryans. He had met Bryans in 1936 and was influential in her decision to become an artist. Frater and Bryans painted together for many years and he gave her the advice to ‘draw with the brush’, an approach that is clearly evident in his own painting.