The Strapper by William Dobell

The Strapper

The Strapper by William Dobell

Painting Details

Australian Artist: William Dobell
Title and Year: The Strapper, 1941
Size: 90cm x 65cm
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Collection: Newcastle Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia.
Subject: Portraits, Male Portraits


This work was painted just a couple of years before the controversial "Portrait of an Artist" painting that won the Archibald Prize.

The Australian surrealist artist and writer James Gleeson was quoted as saying "One of the astonishing things about Dobell's portraiture is his ability to adjust his style to the nature of the personality he is portraying. If the character of his sitter is broad and generous, he paints broadly and generously. If the character is contained and inward looking, he uses brush strokes that convey this fact." James Gleeson Quote

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