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Dobell, William (1899–1970) By Philp, Angela

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1398-1
Published: 02/05/2017
Retrieved: 05 March 2024, from


William Dobell was an icon of Australian art during his lifetime, renowned for portraiture but also for the controversy surrounding his being awarded the Archibald Prize (1943). From 1929 he developed his signature expressionist style of exaggerated features and distortion with a sense of satire, accompanied by a mastery of classical painting techniques and underpinned by sound observational drawing.

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Philp, Angela. "Dobell, William (1899–1970)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 5 Mar. 2024 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1398-1

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