Beach Patterns

Two archetypal beach scenes.

So much physicality. So much manliness. A sporty, healthy, idealised and stylised outdoor scene from the 1940s.


| Charles Meere, Australian Beach Pattern, 1940 |

Meer’s student and partner, Freda Robertshaw, goes on to create a more ladylike family beach scene.  At one with nature. Although exhibiting the motherly cautiousness toward an unknown sea.


| Freda Robertshaw, Australian Beach Scene, 1940 |

Contemporary scenes aren’t quite as idealised but I was pleased to experience my first ever Surf Life Saving Carnival this summer.


Julia Ritson


  1. Anonymous

    Really enjoyed this thank you Julia

  2. marian

    Really enjoyed this, thank you Julia

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