Study for `Airport at night' (Rose Bay)
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|Title||Study for `Airport at night' (Rose Bay)|
|Medium||watercolour, pen and ink on paper|
|Measurement||overall: 27.7 x 37.5 cm|
Study for the later work on paper "Airport at night" in Rose Bay, New South Wales. Depicts a nighttime scene of the people at work at an airport. Flood lights pours out of the hangar illuminating the aircrafts and figures.
This study "Airport at night" was used to inform the production of two works on paper of the Rose Bay airport base. They became his largest, most highly coloured and complex drawings ever completed, and represent a highlight in his artistic career. Of particular interest to Drysdale was the affect the war had on urban environments and night-time scenery. Experimenting with new materials in order to capture the unfamiliar atmosphere, his liberal use of black ink and stridently applied coloured washes creates a scene replete with restlessness and eerie tension.Hide