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44. RICK AMOR Four Trees 2001 image
By Anonymous
28 Jan 2020

Rick Amor knows his subjects intimately, but the paintings are not always literal representations; they have evolved over a number of years, and are often underpinned by several layers of memory, knowledge and perception....

45. ARTHUR STREETON Hollyhocks image
By Timothy Abdallah BA
28 Jan 2020

‘I don’t go into Melbourne more than I can help. I spend my days working in the garden.’1

Arthur Streeton’s 1936 letter to Lionel Lindsay conveys a notion of a man at the end of his career, in retirement. In 1921 Streeton had bought five...

By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
28 Jan 2020

In 1945, William Dobell moved to the small New South Wales coastal town of Wangi Wangi to seek a quieter existence. Two years...

By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
28 Jan 2020

Norman Lindsay’s prolific...

48. JOHN OLSEN Untitled 1969 image
By Anonymous
28 Jan 2020

Throughout his productive and fascinating career, the one subject, or ‘muse’, which has continually captivated John Olsen, is the natural world. From the minutest of swamp critters, field mice, frogs, pelicans and giraffes, to the tributaries, endless ocean and expansive inland...

49. GEOFF DYER It Will Always Be Summer in Our Eyes image
By Gavin Fry
28 Jan 2020

Winning the Archibald prize, the Nation’s most prestigious art award, has become something more than just a competition for the best portrait. The prize has evolved as a form of honorific, providing a ready-made tagline for every journalist and news...

50. CLARICE BECKETT The Old Model T Ford image
By Asta Cameron
28 Jan 2020

Clarice Beckett, now recognised as one of Australia’s finest early modernists, lived a humble life. She never left the state of Victoria and painted most of her oeuvre in the Melbourne seaside suburb of Beaumaris while caring for her aging...

51. GARRY SHEAD Artist and Muse (Rembrandt) 1999 image
By Corinna Cullen BA MA Art History and Curatorial Studies
28 Jan 2020

‘You make your own reality, there is no other rule.’1

Garry Shead has been a...

52. KEN WHISSON For the Moment of Porto Alegre 2000-01 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
28 Jan 2020

Born in Lilydale, north east of Melbourne, in 1927, Whisson’s formative years were spent under the tutelage of Danila Vassilieff (1897-1958), Melbourne’s pre-eminent figurative expressionist.1 Through Vassilieff, Whisson formed loose acquaintances with Sidney Nolan (1917-1992) and...

53. ROY DE MAISTRE Annunciation c1934 image
By Anonymous
28 Jan 2020

The first impression of Roy de Maistre’s Annunciation c1934 is one of a painted stage set. There are minimal brightly coloured flats on each side of the image that focus the viewer’s attention on two cubist figures occupying centre stage. This seems like an innovative approach to...

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