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55. FRED WILLIAMS Fallen Tree 1959 image
By Gavin Fry
01 Nov 2017

Almost any aspiring artist in mid-century Australia could well have thought that anything worth saying about the landscape had already been said. From the tentative depictions of the convict illustrators, through the romantic topographers and the hybrid Barbizon and orientalist glare painting of...

56. ARTHUR STREETON Study for Still Glides the Stream 1887-88 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

In 1889 Arthur Streeton, together with Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and Charles Conder stood on the threshold of a momentous era in Australian Art. The term Heidelberg School, coined by critic Sidney Dickinson, which we now use to describe the era came about as the most important artists of...

57. TOM ROBERTS A Kentish Landscape (Spring in Dorset) 1922 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
01 Nov 2017

All very quiet here; a boy singing; a bell, a distant two horses, heads leaning over a gate; so up the lane by the newly-thatched cottage, and then along the village road; people just unrecognisable on the way to the little old church, and then to write a word to...

58. NORMAN LINDSAY The Mantilla 1941 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

Lindsay considered Rita Lee his best model for oil paintings describing her as ‘the perfect model for the metier of oil painting…a quiet reticent girl who seldom spoke, but who secreted within her all those emotional intensities from which any variation on the feminine image may be extracted.’...

59. ARTHUR STREETON Decoration image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
01 Nov 2017

Sir Arthur Streeton (1867–1943) is widely regarded as one of the early twentieth century’s foremost painters of Australian art. A member of the Heidelberg School that also included Tom Roberts (1856-1931), Frederick McCubbin (1855-1917), and Charles Conder (1868-1909). This celebrated group of...

60. TOM ROBERTS Portrait of a Lady (Possibly Lady Hopetoun) c1900 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
01 Nov 2017

Tom Roberts is most often associated with his large, nationalistic paintings such as Shearing the Rams 1888-90 and Bailed Up 1895. These much loved national treasures are so embedded in our national psyche that we often overlook Roberts’ ability as a portraitist. During the...

61.  LLOYD REES Autumn Mist, Parramatta 1925 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
01 Nov 2017

 

With its soft, earthy palette, Autumn Mist, Parramatta bears the influence of the artist’s visits to Cornwall and Italy as part of an extended sojourn in Europe from 1923-4.  Art historian Renee Free writes that Rees’s Cornish landscapes demonstrate ‘his developing interest...

72. MAGGIE WATSON NAPANGARDI Kana, Digging Sticks 1995 image
By Anonymous
01 Nov 2017

Maggie Watson was a leader amongst a group of Warlpiri women artists who began to challenge the dominance of men’s acrylic painting in the central desert region from the mid-1980s. The emergence of these women in Yuendumu and simultaneously in Utopia (amongst Anamtjerre and Alyawarre peoples)...

JOHN MAWURNDJUL Narmarden (Female Lightening Spirit) 1993 image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
01 Nov 2017

Working within the long tradition of bark painting, John Mawurndjul’s work explores themes of spirituality, mythology and life cycles. He was born c1952 at Mumeka, prior to the establishment of the government settlement at Maningrida some 50 kilometres to the north. He grew up with his family...

By Anonymous
12 Jul 2017

William Robinson is one of Australia’s most acclaimed living artists, renowned for his immersive and captivating interpretations of the landscape. Unlike the familiar scenes that dominate much of the Australian landscape tradition – recurring depictions of the desert, bush and coast – Robinson...

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