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BERTRAM MACKENNAL Silence (also known as Goddess) image
By Anonymous
03 Nov 2017

For further background on Bertram Mackennal, and results for his work from our March 2016 Auction please watch video...

2. EDWARD ROPER Aboriginal Corroboree image
By Anonymous
02 Nov 2017

The present watercolour by the itinerant artist, illustrator and printmaker, Edward Roper, was included in the exhibition Australian and New Zealand, American and Canadian Oil Paintings and Watercolour Drawings held at the Burlington Gallery in London in 1886. In the catalogue...

3. FREDERICK McCUBBIN Como c1909 image
By David Thomas
02 Nov 2017

When Frederick McCubbin and his family moved to 42 Kensington Road South Yarra in the latter part of 1907, the rambling grounds and elevated position provided an abundance of subjects for his brush. It inspired a number of masterpieces of which Moonlight 1909, in the collection of the...

22. ARTHUR STREETON Sunday Morning from Cremorne 1907 image
By Ken Wach
02 Nov 2017

Sunday Morning from Cremorne of 1907, shows the wide vista of a peaceful coastal inlet, with a number of sail boats, being enjoyed by two female companions. The sparsely wooded and uncrowded landscape is bathed in the windless calm of the midday hazy glow of seaside light, whose bluish...

23. NORMAN LINDSAY Back Nude Study c1940 image
By Marguerite Brown MA - Art Curatorship
02 Nov 2017

Norman Lindsay was a self-confessed devotee of the female nude in art, viewing the female image almost as a pathway to the divine. He is quoted as saying, ‘I have taken the feminine image as a dominant factor in my concept of life, both because I love the beauty of women, and because they are...

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...

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