Olsen, John, 1928-
Salute to Five bells [manuscript] : John Olsen's Opera House journal, 1971-1973
Call Number
MS 8015/2
1 folio (82 x 61 cm.)
Scope and Content
Original manuscript of "Salute to Five bells: John Olsen's Opera House journal", 1971-1973, published in 1973 by Angus and Robertson, containing original drawings and a manuscript account of the production of the Sydney Opera House mural.
Artist. John Henry Olsen was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, in 1928 and first studied under John Passmore. His early travel and work overseas, 1957-1960, resulted in his work being subject to experiences of European art and Mediterranean influences. Thematically his aim was to display Australian culture to a world which would see diversity in its changing seasons. Later extensive travels in Africa, Europe and across Australia steered him towards an environmental and ecological focus, evident in You beaut country (1961). He rejected the title "abstract artist", preferring to describe his work as "an exploration of the totality of landscape".
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Olsen, John & Slessor, Kenneth. 1971, Salute to Five bells John Olsen's Opera House journal, , viewed 17 October 2017

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