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24. ARTHUR STREETON The Bay from Olinda Top 1925 image
By Rodney James, B.A. (Hons.), M.A
02 Nov 2017

Arthur Streeton’s The Bay from Olinda Top, 1925, was first exhibited and purchased from the Fine Art Galleries, Melbourne, in October 1925. It was one of a number of works from that exhibition singled out by contemporary critics for their perceived ‘freshness’ and the ‘arresting’ nature...

25. A.H. FULLWOOD The Swing 1892 image
By David Thomas
02 Nov 2017

The big names of Australian painting of the 1880s and 90s still dominate the public and private mind to the detriment of both a whole range of quality artists and collectors who are unfamiliar with their work. Albert Henry Fullwood is an excellent example and The Swing is a classic...

26. J.H. CARSE View of the Yarra with Prince's Bridge, Melbourne c1870 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
02 Nov 2017

Scottish-born painter James Howe Carse arrived in Melbourne during the late 1860s at an extraordinary time in Victoria’s colonial history. Over the past two decades, the Gold Rush had dramatically transformed Melbourne from a fledgling colonial outpost to one of the most dynamic and prosperous...

27. WILLIAM LONGSTAFF The Rearguard (The Spirit of the ANZAC) 1927 image
By Rodney James, B.A. (Hons.), M.A
02 Nov 2017

In The Great War and Modern Memory cultural historian Paul Fussell studied the literary responses by English participants to trench warfare in the Great War. He relates how writers grappled with the presence of horrific injuries, brutal carnage and unprecedented death by looking for new...

28. BRETT WHITELEY Untitled (Abstract) c1961 image
By Gavin Fry
02 Nov 2017

As an art student Brett Whiteley was filled with the restless urge to absorb as much as he could from the artists who had come before him. Early influences included William Dobell (1899-1970) and, in particular, Lloyd Rees (1895-1988), a fellow resident of the comfortable harbourside suburb of...

29. GRACE COSSINGTON SMITH Still Life with Lilies 1966 image
By Anonymous
02 Nov 2017

Grace Cossington Smith came late to fame. In 1973, Daniel Thomas, senior curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, organised a national touring retrospective and, at eighty-one, Cossington Smith emerged from obscurity as a major Australian modernist painter. Despite...

30. JUSTIN O'BRIEN Young Girl in a Mantilla 1995 image
By Michael Desmond
02 Nov 2017

By all accounts Justin O'Brien was a charming man who used his wit, skill and humour to turn acquaintance into friendship.  His art reflected this gregarious disposition and was intended to win admiration as well as critical appreciation.    Young Girl in a Mantilla 1995, not...

31. DONALD FRIEND Day Book - Preliminary Notes and Sketches for Projected Illustrated Books 1978-80 image
By Rodney James, B.A. (Hons.), M.A
01 Nov 2017

Donald Friend’s diaries provide a vivid account of his personal life and a wealth of information about the origins and development of his many book projects. Writing and illustrating stories provided him with an additional creative outlet to his art. Read in relation to the diary entries, these...

32. BRETT WHITELEY Still Life in the Moonlight 1981 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

Painted in the latter period of the artist’s life, Still Life in the Moonlight is not a typical Brett Whiteley painting, yet it says much about the artist. As with a good deal of his work, it can be read in largely autobiographical terms whilst referring to universal themes.

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33. ARTHUR BOYD Stone Crusher, Berwick 1948 image
By Professor Peter James Smith BSc Hons. MSc. MStats. MFA. PhD
01 Nov 2017

The years following the Second World War were lean times that brought families back together seeking common ties and a meaningful life ‘a world away’ from a Europe mired in conflict. The Boyd dynasty was no different. In 1948 Arthur Boyd’s uncle, the novelist Martin à Beckett Boyd (1893-1972)...

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