Tribute to Sir William Dargie
The online life story and works of Sir William Dargie, who painted Australia's official painting of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 at Buckingham Palace in December 1954, will provide a lasting tribute to one of Australia's most influential painters, who passed away in Melbourne on Saturday morning, 26 July 2003.
The Albert Namatjira
In 1956 Sir William
Dargie's portrait of Albert Namatjira won the Archibald Prize.
"From 1946 to 1953 he was the Head of the Victorian Art School at the National Gallery."
"In 1941 he enlisted in World War 2 and became Australia's official war artist contributing hundreds of drawings and paintings to Australia's War Museum.
In 1942, while digging a trench in Tobruk at the age of twenty-nine, Dargie was informed he had won his first Archibald Prize with a portrait of Sir James Elder K.B.E.
"In 1942 Dargie won his second Archibald Prize with the dramatic portrait of Corporal Jim Gordon VC, the first Australian awarded the Victorian Cross for gallantry on the field of battle in Syria."
Mr Smith said that Sir William Dargie's life story and collection of Archibald Prize winning paintings on In the Artist's Footsteps will provide educational institutions and art lovers access to details and works of one of Australia's most important artists.
Left: Arthur Streeton
- Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890