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34. CHARLES BLACKMAN School Children at Play 1953 image
By Ken Wach
24 Oct 2018

Charles Blackman’s School Children at Play, created when he was just twenty-five years old, holds an impressive threefold significance.

Firstly, the rare and early painting was created in 1953 exactly midpoint in the three-year pivotal time slot during which he developed his...

35. TIM MAGUIRE Untitled 20030101 2003 image
By Ken Wach
24 Oct 2018

Maguire came from a family of teachers and always assumed that he too would join that profession. This was shattered when Maguire was very badly injured in a serious train crash that left him unable to study or work for a full three years. After this period, he enrolled at The University of...

36. ARTHUR BOYD Potter and Wife in a Field with Cow c1969 image
By Anonymous
24 Oct 2018

Arthur Boyd was one of the most significant Australian artists of the twentieth century, part of a veritable creative dynasty which included his grandparents, Emma Minnie a’Beckett (1858-1936) and Arthur Merric Boyd (1862-1940), his uncle Penleigh (1890-1923) and his parents Merric (1888-1959)...

37. ANDY WARHOL Muhammad Ali 1978 image
By Rodney James, B.A. (Hons.), M.A
24 Oct 2018

When the Prince of Pop met the Louisville Lip in 1977 something special was bound to happen. Andy Warhol was one of the most iconic artists of his time, famous for his serial images of soup cans, coke bottles, actresses and world leaders. Muhammad Ali was at the top of his game, recently...

38. JOHN KELLY Three Cows Stacked 2001 image
By Ken Wach
24 Oct 2018

It is often remarked that there is something distinctly Australian about Kelly’s cow series of paintings and sculptures. This at first seems quite odd because the cow is not an Australian native animal and Kelly was born in England. However, it is not the cows as such that embody Australia, but...

39. FRED WILLIAMS Hillside II 1968 image
By Ken Wach
24 Oct 2018

Considered in terms of Williams’s stylistic progression, the present painting Hillside II of 1968 may be justifiably considered as the culmination of an important five-year long aesthetic development. 

Hillside II 1968 is an aesthetic companion to Hillside I of...

40. JEFFREY SMART Outside the Ministry 1970 image
By Ken Wach
24 Oct 2018

Jeffrey Smart’s major painting Outside the Ministry of 1970 is a harmony of parts. The painting pulses with what might justifiably be called “visual alliteration”. That is, it has a range of “optical melodies” that run through and serve to both form and inform the built-up composition...

41. FERNAND LÉGER China Town 1943 image
By Ken Wach
24 Oct 2018

Fernand Léger’s China Town of 1943 is a rare and singularly accomplished painting that was created during the artist’s longest visit to America. Its visually arresting compositional attributes are distinctively typical of the sixty-two year old artist’s mature oeuvre in the last...

42. JOHN BRACK Adagio 1967-69 image
By Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA
24 Oct 2018

Adagio is one of John Brack's most important and challenging paintings of the 1960s. He was seeking for a metaphor through which to express human relationships, a stage on which a man and a woman could perform. The painting was executed in 1967 and was exhibited in Canberra, Sydney and...

43. JEFFREY SMART Ticket Boxes, Catania 1964 image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
24 Oct 2018

In 1964, Jeffrey Smart stood on the threshold of a settled life and career as an expatriate Australian painter in Europe. Until then he had, by living and working in Australia, been able to accumulate the money required for travel in Europe. From this time on, he could rightly regard himself as...

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