The Generals, 1958 signed with initials and dated 'RL / 6/6/58' lower right; inscribed 'untitled exhibition 6-23 July 1988 / drawing 1958 / The Generals' verso coloured pencils on cardboard 76.6 x 56.2cm (30 3/16 x 22 1/8in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased from Watters Gallery, Sydney in August 1988
EXHIBITED: The Work of Richard Larter, Watters Gallery, Sydney, 6-23 July 1988, cat. no. 8
LITERATURE: The Work of Richard Larter, exh. cat., Watters Gallery, Sydney, 1988, cat. no. 8, p.4 (illus.)
Some of [Richard Larter's] earliest drawings were of people at church; old people, people of authority... An interesting inclusion, foreshadowing preoccupations of later mature works, were characters shown on the new medium of television some of them infused with Larter's sardonic wit such as commentator Gilbert Harding. In the early 1950s television was still very costly for the average working person. Richard remembers watching it as his parent's place. His impressions of politicians and generals are recorded in his notebooks. A small pencil drawing of three such bald figures looking at a map of the world was later translated into a larger colour drawing... Larter's satirical wit along with his sense of not fitting in, of being an outsider remained with him into his adult life.
Deborah Hart, "A way of life: in pursuit of learning", in Richard Larter, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2008, pp 15-16; 23; 37; 111; 146 (published on the occasion of the exhibition Richard Larter: a retrospective 20 June 14 September 2008, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra).
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