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Dark hillside
(1967); dated (1964)

oil and tempera on canvas
108.0 × 132.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Upwey, Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2004
© Estate of Fred Williams
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 10
Level 2, NGV Australia

In Dark hillside Williams’s calligraphic rendition of trees on the edge of the hill as a sequence of dots and dashes is highlighted against a luminous blue-green sky. The dramatic curve of the hillside is counterbalanced against the verticals of the trees and horizontals of fallen trunks, while the flattened pictorial space of the painting, a distinctive feature of the artist’s work originally borrowed from Paul Cézanne, offers the possibility of several viewpoints.