Landscape with red fox, Fred Williams
  • Artist
    Fred Williams
  • Born
    1927
  • Died
    1982
  • Title
    Landscape with red fox
  • Date of Production
    1967
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    141 x 131 cm
  • Credit Details
    HCE Evans Bequest Fund, 1971. © Estate of Fred Williams

Fred Williams

Landscape with red fox

When Fred Williams returned to Australia in 1956 after further studies in London he abandoned his early figurative painting in favour of landscape painting. Williams not only succeeded in his portrayal of the landscape but he also made an original contribution to this tradition. Ignoring seasonal changes until the 1970s Williams worked to portray what he perceived to be a monotonous landscape without focal points using a palette in which drab browns and earthy greens were dominant.

A meticulous craftsman, Williams worked intermittently on a painting over several months.  The landscape in which the red fox has been captured is typical of some of Williams' Upwey landscapes with its high horizon line and tilted flattened land with abstract touches of paint that signify vegetation.