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Loan Pictures

Six modern Australian paintings, on loan to the State Art Gallery from the National Gallery of Victoria for six months, will be on exhibition at the gallery from today.

The loan was arranged by the W.A. director during the last directors' conference in July, to give artists, students. and the public a chance to see a few examples of work now being done elsewhere in Aus tralia. The paintings~will be shown, together with our small but good collection of contem porary Australian works, in the annexe at the far end of the upper gallery. The paintings on view are: * "Moody's Pub," by Rus sell Drysda well-known example of this artist's work. * A remarkably fine land scape by Arthur Boyd, one of our most important landscape painters. * "Girl Drying hbe Hair," by Constance Stokes. a dis tinguished Victorian painter (shown above). This picture is notable for its patient

handling, use of bright col our and skilful blending of figure and background. * "Still Life." by Justin O'Brien, winner of the first Blake Prize. A daring experi ment in strong colour con trasts, reconciled by clever tonal manipulation and sub tle variation of the basic col our-scheme. * "West Africa," by C. Purves-Smith, an Australian painter who died in 1949. aged 36. An example of broad and simple treatment of a general idea. * "The Mariachis," by Ray mond Glass. A picture of two street singers by a well-kown Australian who did some mural painting in Mexico. This picture shows some in fluence of his study during residence in that country. A further loan collection from Melbourne of 12 con temporary English pictures. now on view in Queensland. will be here soon.-"C.G."