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JEFF MAKIN: Etudes 1977 – 1999

04 Sep — 19 Sep 2021

The painted ‘etude is a nineteenth century French term denoting a study made directly from nature – en plain aire. They were usually small, executed at speed, as the first broad encounter with a new motif. The landscape ‘etude had long been a foundational part of French academic practice, essential to the training of the eye, hand, memory, and the development of a repertoire of techniques. Back in the studio they functioned as an aide-memoire , touchstones that often informed larger studio works that were alternatively described as ‘ebauches or tableaux depending upon the degree of finish.

Early French exponents were artists like Camille Corot, Theodore Rousseau and Claude Monet. Back in Melbourne the famous 9”x5” Impressions Exhibition of Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Co. of 1889 were actually ‘etudes painted on cigar box lids.

As a landscapist I have long made ‘etudes as an important part of my studio practice. ‘Etudes 1977-1999 is a selection from my studio archive, here being shown for the first time. Some were painted in France; others in Scotland and England, most in Australia. As such they are painted “in the moment” standing alone as finished works. There is much to learn in the landscape, but what the German philosopher Goethe declared in 1831 still holds : the landscapist must have some insight into botany and geology so he can express the characteristics of trees, plants and mountains. Such insights take time to become instinctual, before they can really inform the overriding aim of capturing the spirit of place – the genii loci.

Jeff Makin

Chewton

July 2021

ARTWORKS

  • LilydaleJeff Makin Lilydale 1999 oil on panel 20.5 x 25cm

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  • Paddys Mill Falls, ScotlandJeff Makin Paddy's Mill Falls, Scotland 1990 oil on linen 45.5 x 35cm $4,400.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Breen TerraceJeff Makin Breen Terrace, Dandenong Ranges No.3 1984 oil on linen 45 x 40cm $5,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Breen Terrace, DandenongsJeff Makin Breen Terrace, Dandenong Ranges No.1 1983 oil on linen 46 x 35cm $4,400.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Hedge, Ferny CreekJeff Makin Hedge, Ferny Creek 1983 oil on linen 56 x 35cm $5,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Breen Terrace, Dandenong RangesJeff Makin Breen Terrace, Dandenong Ranges No.2 1982 oil on linen 61 x 51cm $7,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Te Mata Peak, New Zealand No.2Jeff Makin Te Mata Peak, New Zealand No.2 1980 oil on linen 25 x 20cm

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  • Te Mata Peak, New ZealandJeff Makin Te Mata Peak, New Zealand 1980 oil on linen 25 x 20cm

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  • Lake Tekapo, New ZealandJeff Makin Lake Tekapo, New Zealand 1979 oil on linen 25 x 20cm

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  • Near Thiver, FranceJeff Makin Near Thivier, France 1978 oil on linen 46 x 38cm

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  • Near Cambridge, England No.1Jeff Makin Near Cambridge, England No.1 1978 oil on linen 20.5 x 25cm

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  • Meldreth CambridgeshireJeff Makin Meldreth Cambridgeshire 1978 oil on linen 46 x 61cm

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  • Near Cambridge, England No.3Jeff Makin Near Cambridge, England No.3 1978 oil on linen 20.5 x 25cm $3,100.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Trees Near Valade, FranceJeff Makin Trees Near Valade, France 1978 oil on linen 16 x 22cm

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  • Valade, FranceJeff Makin Valade, France 1978 oil on linen 14 x 24cm

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  • France No.1Jeff Makin Near Petit Joumiac, France No.1 1978 oil on linen 22 x 16cm

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  • France No.2Jeff Makin Near Petit Joumiac, France No.2 1978 oil on linen 14 x 24cm

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  • Echuca No.4Jeff Makin Echuca No.4 1977 oil on linen 30 x 30cm $3,900.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Echuca No.3Jeff Makin Echuca No.3 1977 Oil on canvas 30 x 30cm $3,900.00 ENQUIRE →

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