William Boissevain

Australian Iconic Artist

Art Exhibition previously on at United Galleries in Darlinghurst precinct, New South Wales, Australia. Published by anonymous on Monday 04 February 2008. Tuesday 01 April 2008 to Thursday 01 May 2008. Opening Tuesday 01 April 2008 Monday - Friday 10.00am - 6.00PM Saturday 10.30am - 4.30PM Sunday by appointment .

William Boissevain 'Ballerina Stretching' Gouache 70x50cm image

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William Boissevain is renowned for his skilful depiction of the human figure. His oil wash nudes are sensitive and accomplished studies of the female figure in repose. His eye for line and form, evident in his paintings, is fully explored in these competent, beautiful works.

William, or Wim as he is affectionately known, was born in 1927, in New York, USA.

The ?Wim? comes from the fact that his parents were Dutch. They were also in the diplomatic service, which meant he travelled widely in his younger years and, as an only child, drawing became his solace. These worldwide influences can be seen in his bird and flower studies and his evocative Australian landscapes which possess an almost oriental lyrical beauty of understated line and colour.

Boissevain studied at L’Academie des Beaux Arts, Paris, and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. In 1949 he came with his family to Australia where he has lived and worked ever since, developing an international reputation as one of our most distinguished artists.

In the early years, portraiture became an important money earner and even while teaching, he began to gain commendation for his skill. In 1964 he exhibited at the Skinner Gallery and his career escalated. The decorative style of his approach, his eye for line and form, and a strong sense of colour soon made his work universally popular. In 1978 he was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the advancement

Location

United Galleries
179 – 181 Palmer St Darlinghurst, NSW
2010