Dobell on Dobell by Virginia Freeman, First Edition, 1970

$45.00

In this special (and rare) vintage art book, during the last few months before his sudden death, Sir William Dobell agreed to tape-record a series of conversations with his friend, writer Virginia Freeman. This has left us with a ‘Portrait of the Artist’ in words and pictures unique in its depth and detail.

The idea was to create a book unlike any other art book: one in which the artist ‘tells it like it is’ – discussing how he lives, how he works, what he is trying to achieve in his work, analysing his paintings and the attitudes of people towards them.

Virginia Freeman brilliantly bridges the seeming gulfs in both man and artist: between ‘bloody old Bill’ Dobell, who would discuss art with a local worker in the Wangi pub and the sensitive, suffering man who was almost destroyed by critical attacks; between the admired kinghted and eagerly commissioned ‘great painter’ and the humble seeker who could find inspiration in a child’s drawing in a comic supplement.

As well as a gallery of early works and some of the great portraits, this book reproduces many of the later paintings for the first time, including some never exhibited or even seen by his closest friends.

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In this special (and rare) vintage art book, during the last few months before his sudden death, Sir William Dobell agreed to tape-record a series of conversations with his friend, writer Virginia Freeman. This has left us with a ‘Portrait of the Artist’ in words and pictures unique in its depth and detail.

The idea was to create a book unlike any other art book: one in which the artist ‘tells it like it is’ – discussing how he lives, how he works, what he is trying to achieve in his work, analysing his paintings and the attitudes of people towards them.

Virginia Freeman brilliantly bridges the seeming gulfs in both man and artist: between ‘bloody old Bill’ Dobell, who would discuss art with a local worker in the Wangi pub and the sensitive, suffering man who was almost destroyed by critical attacks; between the admired kinghted and eagerly commissioned ‘great painter’ and the humble seeker who could find inspiration in a child’s drawing in a comic supplement.

As well as a gallery of early works and some of the great portraits, this book reproduces many of the later paintings for the first time, including some never exhibited or even seen by his closest friends.

Vintage books – in excellent condition with no major damage. Minor wear to dust jacket.

Published Sydney: Ure Smith, 1970. First edition.

Small quarto, illustrated dustjacket, boards, 127pp. Numerous paintings and drawings by Dobell, and text by Freeman that includes an interview with Dobell providing a close insight into the artist’s life.

 

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