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Namatjira’s earliest?

May 11, 2016

I’m not, of course, doubting that it’s a work by the Aboriginal master. But I DO have a niggling worry about the suggestion that it could be Albert’s earliest (or one of his earliest) works. Several well-accredited authors of tomes on the Hermannsburg School of water colourists claim that bean wood was only used during the Second World War…nearly half a decade after Albert came on the scene… as the result of an acute shortage of suitable paper.

All that aside, it is most certainly an intriguing discovery, and there will be plenty of avid Hermannsburg collectors out there putting in a bid at the Elder Gallery auction in a week or so’s time.

Sadly, Grumpy’s pockets are not that deep, and I have to content myself with the generations that followed in Albert’s brush-strokes.

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  1. Fellow Enthusiast/Collector permalink
    May 11, 2016 2:32 pm

    Come on Grumpy. You can do it. Borrow a quid from the birthday girl. I’m sure Pat’ll chip in cobber. It certainly doesn’t look like Albert’s best effort but hey, wouldn’t we all love anything by the great man in our collection? Good bidding!!! Cheers.


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