This is one of William Dobell’s finest and best-loved portraits, depicting his fellow artist and a beloved figure of Australian art, Margaret Olley. Echoing the spirit of Gainsborough and Renoir, this painting marked Dobell’s return to portraiture, for which he was awarded his second Archibald Prize. Olley modelled for Dobell’s sketches in a plain dress with only a hat for ornament, but Dobell based his painting on the extravagant outfit the young artist had worn to an exhibition opening. This painting won the Archibald Prize in 1948 and was acquired by the Gallery in 1949. Print Comes in Excellent Condition.

Dimensions: 395 x 505H mm

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A Print of William Dobell’s 1948 Portrait of Margaret Olley