The poet A.W., Lina Bryans
  • Artist
    Lina Bryans
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
    The poet A.W.
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    oil on canvas on board
  • Dimensions
    482 x 439 mm
  • Credit Details
    L.J. Wilson Bequest Fund, 1983

Lina Bryans

The poet A.W.

Encouraged by the artist Jock Frater, Lina Bryans took up painting in 1936.  A modernist painter who used vivid colours to express her immediate reaction to a subject, Bryans developed her own style.  The portrait of the poet A.W. by Bryans is of her cousin Arthur Wallach.  A regular correspondent of Bryans, Wallach was a member of the group of artists and writers who met at  the "Painters Pub", the former Darebin Hotel purchased by Bryans in 1943. In this image the sitter, who was not able to devote all of his energies to his creative work, is shown dressed in a business suit.

Bryan's circle of friends were later to become known as 'the Meanjin set' after the publication in Melbourne in 1945 of Meanjin, a journal which had been founded in Brisbane in 1940 by Clement Christesen to provide art criticism that was "democratic left of centre".