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40. CHARLES BLACKMAN Schoolgirls 1953 image
By Gavin Fry
21 Oct 2020

In the first decades of the twentieth century, up until the time of the Second World War, images involving children were few and far between in Australian art. A beach scene might have a small knot of figures in the distance, or a cityscape could include a small figure for scale, but rarely...

41. JEFFREY SMART Study for The Discussion 1969 image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
21 Oct 2020

The subject of Jeffrey Smart’s Study for The Discussion is typically ambiguous: a discussion may be a dispute, argument, conversation or conference. The painting can be several things too: is it a figure group, a contemporary landscape, or a commentary on contemporary art?  Is it...

42. DEL KATHRYN BARTON At What Cost 2018 image
By Corinna Cullen BA MA Art History and Curatorial Studies
21 Oct 2020

…‘I have always found paradox and contradiction to hold a lot of truth and comfort for me.’
Del Kathryn Barton1

43. TIM STORRIER Evening Blaze image
By Marina Brennan, BA (Hons)
21 Oct 2020

Throughout his extraordinary career, Tim Storrier’s most memorable and distinctive motif has unquestionably been that of fire. Fire’s strength as a symbol is drawn in part from its ability to hold dual, if not contradictory, meanings. As we have seen during the horrific bushfires of last Summer...

44. JOHN OLSEN Landscape 1993 image
By Anonymous
21 Oct 2020

Over the last sixty years, John Olsen’s art has become synonymous with the unruly beauty of the Australian landscape.  Embracing both figuration and abstraction, Olsen’s highly lyrical paintings are instantly recognisable, merging land, sky and water into a vivid sensation borne from a very...

45. PETER BOOTH Winter Landscape with Burning City 2001 image
By Asta Cameron
21 Oct 2020

Peter Booth is one of Australia’s most prominent and exciting artists of the late twentieth century.

46. GARRY SHEAD Royal Visit 1997 image
By Anonymous
21 Oct 2020

‘I have always looked forward to my first visit to this country, but now there is the added satisfaction for me that I am able to meet my Australian people as their Queen … I am proud indeed to be at the head of a nation that has achieved so much.  Standing at last on Australian soil, on this...

47. SIDNEY NOLAN Figure in Flight 1942 image
By Gavin Fry
21 Oct 2020

One can imagine Sir Sidney Nolan, late in his career, reflecting with a wry smile and a sense of wonder as to how he had achieved the career and recognition sought by so many, but achieved by so few. The most famous, decorated and esteemed Australian artist of the century, comfortably ensconced...

48. ARTHUR BOYD Bride in a Wimmera Landscape c1967 image
By Marguerite Brown MA ArtCur
21 Oct 2020

In this painting Arthur Boyd introduces one of his most potent archetypes into the still, sparse space of a Wimmera landscape.

49. SIDNEY NOLAN  Arthur Boyd at Fitzroy Falls 1988 image
By Marguerite Brown MA ArtCur
21 Oct 2020

Arguably the two greatest Australian painters of the second half of the twentieth century are united in this work by Sidney Nolan, in which he depicts fellow artist and lifelong friend Arthur Boyd (1920-1999).

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