Masterpiece Gallery 2022 Joe Rose (1915 – 1999) BEM Exhibition

Joe Rose Self Portrait

Masterpiece Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition for the late concentration camp survivor Joe Rose BEM. Joe Rose was born into a Jewish family in Waldenberg, Germany in 1915. In 1933 he was imprisoned in Sonnenburg Concentration Camp for anti-Nazi activities, and then in Buchenwald in 1938.

In 1939 he and his wife escaped to England and he served in the British army throughout the war. Afterwards, he studied art and worked and exhibited in Australia, where he was awarded the British Empire Medal, afterwards dividing his time between Australia and London. Joe Rose died in Tasmania, Australia in 1999.

Joe Rose was able to achieve spectacular variety in his works of art, due to his being a ‘man of the times’. Below is a short video of Joe’s son Randy describing his father and his work.

No. 5
Joe Rose (1915 – 1999)
(The Letter O) 1989
76 x 56 cm (sight)
Acrylic on canvas
Signed lower right ‘Joe Rose 1989’

No. 4
Joe Rose (1915 – 1999)
‘John Howard’
47.5 x 33.5 cm (sight)
() on (paper)
Signed lower right ‘Joe Rose’

No. 3
Joe Rose (1915 – 1990)
‘Self Portrait’
73.5 x 56 cm (sight)
() on paper
Signed lower right ‘Joe Rose’

No. 2
Joe Rose (1919 – 1990)
Potpourri’ 1990
72 x 50.5 cm (sight)
() on board
Signed lower right ‘Joe Rose 1990’

No. 1
Joe Rose (1915 – 1999)
‘The Phoenix Rises’
91.5 x 61.5 cm (canvas)
(acrylic) on canvas
Signed lower right ‘Joe Rose’

Thomas Robertson ( 1819 – 1875)
“Aurora Navigating the Ice Flows” 1857
Oil on canvas
69 x 102 cm
Signed & dated lower left: “T Robertson 1857′

Private collection, Melbourne, c. 1920
Thence by descent
Sotheby’s Melbourne, 21st August 1995, cat. no. 64
Private collection

Thomas Robertson (1819 – 1875) combined his career as a painter with that of captaining the ship Lady Bird, operating between Launceston and Melbourne during the 1850s. In 1856 he was described by The Hobart Town Courier as ‘one of the best marine painters in the Australian colonies’1 This painting depicts the barque Aurora rounding Cape Horn following its journey from Southhampton to Port Adelaide in 1856, under Captain Valentine Ryan.

1. Kerr, J (1992), Dictionary of Australian Artists: Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870, Oxford University Press, Melbourne

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Lloyd Rees (1895-1988)
‘Afternoon’ (Blue Days on the Derwent) 1983
Oil on canvas on board
40 x 50 cm

Blue Days on the Derwent, Tasmanian Exhibition by Lloyd Rees, Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle, 1 – 24 July 1983, catalogue no .3

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John Glover (1767 – 1849)
(An Italianate Classical Landscape)
Oil on canvas
75 x 114 cm

Collection of Angela Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett -Coutts
Private collection, South Africa

Regarded as ‘the Father of Australian Landscape Painting’, John Glover emigrated to Van Diemen’s Land in 1831. While he is now best known for his depictions of the Tasmanian landscape, prior to his departure from England he enjoyed a long and successful career as a painter of classical and picturesque views, and continued to paint European subject matter after his arrival in Van Diemen’s Land in 1831.

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Lloyd Rees (1895 – 1988)
‘The Summit, Mt Wellington I‘ 1973
Watercolour, pen and ink on paper
45 x 60.5 cm
Signed & dated lower right: ’73 L REES’

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