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JOHN OLSEN
born 1928

People Who Live in Victoria Street 1960

$450,000–650,000

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© John Olsen/Copyright Agency, 2020

JOHN OLSEN

born 1928
People Who Live in Victoria Street 1960

oil on composition board
signed and dated 'John Olsen / '60' upper right
122 x 182.5 cm

  • Lot Sold $620,000 (Hammer Price)
  • $775,000 (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)

Provenance

John Olsen, Sydney
Diana Stearn, Sydney, acquired from the above in 1960
Private Collection, Sydney, by descent from the above
Important Australian Art, Sotheby's Australia, Sydney, 28 August 2006, lot 7, illustrated
Private Collection, Sydney, acquired from the above

Exhibited

John Olsen, Terry Clune Gallery, Sydney, 6-15 October 1960, no. 3, 300 gns
John Olsen Retrospective, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1 November 1991 - 2 February 1992 (label verso)
Destination Sydney, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, 5 December 2015 - 7 February 2016, illustrated
John Olsen: The You Beaut Country, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Melbourne, 16 September 2016 - 12 February 2017; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 March - 12 June 2017, illustrated

Literature

Paul Haefliger, 'Stimulating Exhibition by Young Australian', The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 6 October 1960
James Gleeson, 'Masterly Paintings by Olsen', The Sun, Sydney, 6 October 1960
Robert Hughes, 'Abstract Regions', Nation, Sydney, 8 October 1960
Robert Hughes, 'After the Fitzroy Closed', Nation, Sydney, 9 March 1963, p. 9
'Images of John Olsen', Nation, Sydney, 27 July 1963, p. 11
Virginia Spate, John Olsen, Georgian House, Melbourne, 1963, plate 4, pp. 9, 18, 29 (illustrated)
Deborah Hart, John Olsen, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1991, plate 25, pp. 45, 55 (illustrated), 212
Christopher Heathcote, 'Olsen's "You Beaut" Years were a Time of Greatness', The Age, Melbourne, 6 November 1991, p. 16
Sasha Grishin, 'Olsen Defies Categorisation', The Canberra Times, Canberra, 16 November 1991, p. 7
Darleen Bungey, John Olsen: An Artist's Life, Harper Collins, Sydney, 2014, pp. 163-164, 169, 218, 232, 267
Lou Klepac with essays by Katrina Cashman, Elizabeth Hastings, Bruce James, John McDonald, and Katherine Roberts, Destination Sydney, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Mosman Art Gallery and S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 2015, pp. 49 (illustrated), 120
David Hurlston and Deborah Edwards (eds), John Olsen: The You Beaut Country, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2016, pp. 28, 48-49 (illustrated), 206
Jenny Zimmer and Ken McGregor, John Olsen: Journey's Into the You Beaut Country, Thames & Hudson, Melbourne, 2016, pp. 12-13 (illustrated)

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