Robert Dickerson 'Scarlet'
Robert Dickerson 'Scarlet'
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Robert Dickerson 'Scarlet'

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Robert Dickerson is a leading figure of Australian modernism. A child of the depression, he left school at thirteen to work in a factory. In 1947, after serving in the Royal Australian Air Force and becoming a professional boxer, Dickerson discovered painting: “I knew I had stumbled on the most important discovery about myself that I’d ever make.”

Dickerson’s work evades the sentimental. His characters are isolated, caught haunting dark streetscapes with anguished expressions. In 1971 Hal Missingham, the then director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales reflected that “Bob’s pictures… are about humans, not effigies or abstractions, not cerebral adventures but a straight-out interest in people and their astonishing situations and commitments”.

A founding member of the Antipodean movement, Dickerson’s work is a unique and compelling touchstone of Modernism. ‘Scarlet’ penetrates the viewer. At once distant yet intense, this portrait is quintessential Dickerson. For collectors of Modern art, portraiture and Dickerson, ‘Scarlet’ is a bracing find. 

Robert DICKERSON (1924 - 2015)
pastel on paper
Image Size: 38 x 27 cm
Dimensions: 67 x 57 x 3 cm
Signed: Signed lower right corner: Dickerson
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition: Image is in Fine condition.
© Robert Dickerson / Copyright Agency 2020

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