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Melancholy landscape I

synthetic polymer and metallic paint and gouache on canvasboards
(a-ttt) 229.4 × 305.5 cm (overall)
Place/s of Execution
Cooma, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2008
© Courtesy of the artist
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work
Melancholy Landscape I is inspired by the physical environment of Cooma, a town in the southern highlands of New South Wales in which Imants Tillers lives. Tillers’s calligraphic-like rendering of the landscape evokes the dry grasslands of this region and also recalls the paintings of Australian artist Fred Williams. Influenced by the belief of the French Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé that ‘everything, in the world, exists to end up in a book’, this work belongs to the ongoing series of paintings that Tillers has produced since the early 1980s called the Book of Power.