Margret Olley: The Archibald Prize

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Portraits: a comparative essay.
The Archibald prize is a famous Australian portrait competition. It as named after JFA and was first awarded in 1921. His aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and preserve the memory of great Australians. William Dobell, painted fellow painter and beloved figure of Australian art, Margret Olley; and won in 1948. Margret Olley was also painted a second time by Ben Quilty in 2011, that too won the Archibald prize.
Although The two paintings, use the same subject matter and title, they are both very different visually. The main difference is how they have chosen to portray Olley. Dobell’s Olley has her sitting in a more classical pose, with her gloved hands in her lap sitting to the side of
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As for the bright palette: ‘You just need to walk into her (olley) home, which is also her studio, to see that you couldn’t use anything but striking colour. It’s full of translucent works-in-progress, beautiful drawings, sculptures and flowers, so I wanted the portrait to reflect that.’(Quilty, 2011) This portrait was painted not long before Olley died, tieing a extra deep importance to it. Both artist knew Olley but at different times in her life, but it is sill visible the same physical characteristics, round face and big eyes. The relationship between the artist is very much visible. Dobell pictures Olley at a eye to eye level, embracing that friendly relationship, whereas Quilty puts us into the position of seeing her as he sees her, a role model
For that reason, the painting’s show’s Olley from two different angles. Using subject matter, style and techniques to portray Margret Olley’s character. Other than Margret herself, the two are Similar in methods, of layering on the paint, adding this three dimensional feel to both. in other respects, the two are quite different, subject matter being the biggest and most noticeable. Both are two great examples of how a person can be portrayed

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