A forgotten Melbourne painter

The red hat, William Frater, 1937, oil on canvas
The red hat, William Frater, 1937, oil on canvas

This is a portrait of Lina Bryans (1909–2000) by her friend and fellow artist William Frater. Lina Bryans was an important part of the modern movement and a member of literary and artistic circles in Melbourne during the late 1930s and 1940s. Her vibrant paintings are characterised by bold brushwork and the expressive use of colour which is applied directly onto the canvas. In 1937 Bryans began painting portraits of her friends. Her most famous work, The babe is wise, is a portrait of the writer Jean Campbell who had recently published a novel of the same name.  (NGV blurb)

Author: Keryn

Artist

2 thoughts on “A forgotten Melbourne painter”

  1. Thanks for sharing this great work! I had not heard of her before and it’s always great to discover artists whose work we should see more of

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