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Ocean beach, Sorrento

enamel paint and tempera on canvas on composition board
83.8 × 111.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Sorrento, Victoria
inscribed in black paint l.c.l.: Perceval / '57
inscribed in black ink on paper label on reverse: BACK BEACH - SORRENTO /JOHN PERCEVAL.
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Mrs G. H. Hillas, Governor, 1997
© 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
Not on display
Physical description
Ocean beach, Sorrento 1957 depicts a portion of the rocky Victorian coastline under the dry heat of a summer day. Paint is applied frenetically, dribbled and scratched onto the surface to successfully convey the turbulent water and rugged landscape. Two children are huddled in a rocky enclave in the lower right hand corner of the composition.