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One of Australia's greatest landscape painters, Fred Williams, was born on this day in 1927. In his eulogy, fellow artist John Brack quite rightly said of Williams, "he changed the way we see our country: an achievement which will live long after all of us are gone."

FRED WILLIAMS (1927 - 1982)
'Upwey Landscape 1' 1965
gouache on paper
55.5 x 75.5 cm
Sold by Menzies in June 2013 for AU$67,500 (including buyer's premium)
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Season's greetings from all of us at Menzies! Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable holiday period - Margaret Olley had the right idea with these cheerful cherries!
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This work sold above its high estimate in our last auction, for AU$34,363 (including buyer's premium).

MARGARET OLLEY (1923 - 2011)
'Cherries' 1979
oil on board
48.5 x 63.5 cm
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Criss Canning is known for painting warm-coloured flowers - from pink poppies and proteas, to coral gum blossoms and red Sturt's Desert Peas. 🌷🌺🌹🌸 Here, we see her depict red dahlias, which are supposedly symbolic of dishonesty, but we think they look fittingly festive with Christmas less than a week away!

'Red Dahlias' (2002) sold for AU$13,500 (including buyer's premium) in our November auction.

CRISS CANNING (born 1947)
'Red Dahlias' 2002
oil on linen
30.5 x 25.5 cm
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‘Before the Start, Flemington’ 1885 by Frederick Woodhouse Senior is both charming and historically fascinating. Consequently, it doubled its high estimate in our most recent auction, selling for AU$16,568 (including buyer’s premium). The artist is best known for painting every Melbourne Cup winner for more than 30 years, since 1861.

FREDERICK WOODHOUSE SENIOR (1820 - 1909)
'Before the Start, Flemington' 1885
oil on canvas
44.5 x 59.5 cm
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This alluring and atypical Brett Whiteley still life sold for AU$368,181 (including buyer's premium) in our auction last month.

The ominous dark brown background heightens the sensuous vitality and delicacy of the pale white petals, symbolising death insidiously claiming the verve of life. Pertinently, Whiteley once mused, "Art is the thrilling spark that beats death" - and in a most poignant way, 'Still Life in the Moonlight' is a painting which bears testimony to those words.

BRETT WHITELEY (1939 - 1992)
'Still Life in the Moonlight' 1981
oil on canvas
74.0 x 59.0 cm
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Check out Dave's Faves on Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants for our auction on Thursday. Which works are your faves?
https://bhfineart.wordpress.com/2017/11/21/daves-faves-for-menzies-30-nov-2017/
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Watch Cameron Menzies explain why 'The Yellow Line' 2007 is a significant piece by the artist. Then be sure to check out the work itself at our Sydney viewing this weekend!

JEFFREY SMART (1921 - 2013)
'The Yellow Line' 2007
oil on canvas
91.0 x 120.0 cm
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Looking for advice on buying art and building a collection? Read these tips from leading Australian financial advisers and auction house directors, including our very own Cameron Menzies.
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Watch Cameron Menzies’ illuminating dialogue on the key factors that make Jeffrey Smart’s ‘The Yellow Line’ so alluring.

‘The Yellow Line’, 2007, will be auctioned in the forthcoming Australian and International Fine Art & Sculpture auction on the 30th of November. Visit http://www.menziesartbrands.com/catalogue to view the full range of works.
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