Bendigo focus for La Trobe show

Bendigo Art Gallery will host ‘Revealing Identity: The Collections of La Trobe University’, showcasing all six La Trobe collections and highlighting the diversity of the FM Courtis Collection. 

Pieces include works by renowned artists, such as ‘Nude with Chair’ (1952) painted by 25-year-old Fred Williams before he devoted himself to landscape painting, and past student work, such as ‘Squinting Self’ by Matthew Butterworth.

On display will be a portrait of Professor Max McKay, by Sir William Dargie, one of Australia’s most acclaimed portraitists whose first major art prize was the Bendigo Art Prize awarded by Bendigo Art Gallery.

Fred Williams' Nude with Chair is part of the La Trobe University Art Collection.

Fred Williams' Nude with Chair is part of the La Trobe University Art Collection.

William Frater’s 'Jessica' (1970) will also be shown. Frater taught at the College and painted this work as students watched, to demonstrate technique. He later donated the piece.

‘Revealing Identity: the Collections of La Trobe University’ is on show from June 24 to September 3 at Bendigo Art Gallery.