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54. ROGER KEMP Modern World 1945-48 image
By Anonymous
28 Jan 2020

Modern World by Roger Kemp encapsulates a watershed moment in Australia’s history. Conveying the excitement then overtaking the contemporary world, this remarkable painting speaks of that heady time when, having emerged from years of armed conflict, the nation was poised to surge ahead...

55. PENLEIGH BOYD Sydney Harbour 1922 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
28 Jan 2020

Sydney Harbour 1922, presents a tranquil, luminous vision of sea and sky. It is a richly evocative work that was painted following Boyd’s move to Sydney early that year. For a period of six months, prior to travelling to London in September to organise an exhibition of recent international art,...

56. EUGENE VON GUÉRARD Italienische Landschaft (Italian Landscape) 1849 image
By Anonymous
28 Jan 2020

The present work may be the work exhibited by Eugene von Guérard at the 1849 Annual Exhibition of the Art Association of Rhineland-Westphalen, Düsseldorf, as No. 22, Italienische Landschaft, Composition [1849]. The painting, as noted in the art news of the Düsseldorfer Journal und Kreisblatt 198...

57. Attributed to GEORGE BAXTER, Australia. News from Home 1852 image
By Anonymous
28 Jan 2020

The experience of the emigrant in Australia’s colonial history has been the subject of surprisingly few painterly images. The most famous, arguably, is Ford Madox Brown’s (1821-1893) The Last of England 1825 (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery collection). Closer to home, Tom Roberts’ Coming...

20. JEFFREY SMART Hindley Street at Evening 1943-44 image
By Anonymous
27 Aug 2019

Jeffrey Smart is known for his carefully drawn and constructed urban landscapes.  He combines flat areas of colour against a carefully balanced geometry derived from the straight lines and antiseptic spaces of the contemporary city landscape and its arid hinterlands.  Blousy, slightly faded...

21. RICK AMOR The Returning Storm 1998 image
By Anonymous
27 Aug 2019

In a celebrated passage in Romantic poet William Wordsworth’s (1770-1850) The Prelude, a boy ventures across a lake in a boat to find himself suddenly aware and intimidated by the rearing mountainous peak beyond the lake.  There is a resonance with this, one of the classic encounters...

22. ARTHUR BOYD Sheep Grazing, Wimmera image
By Caroline Jones BA, MA (Art Admin.)
27 Aug 2019

Arthur Boyd consistently alternated between naturalistic and imaginative phases in his work. He would often return to the landscape genre after an exhaustive period of creative output. There is a sense of serenity present in Boyd’s depictions of the landscape, particularly after viewing his...

23. LLOYD REES Early Morning, Lake Illawarra 1976 image
By Asta Cameron
27 Aug 2019

Lloyd Rees is one of Australia’s best regarded landscape artists. He won the Wynne Prize twice throughout his prodigious career, firstly in 1950 for The Harbour from McMahons Point and again in 1982 for Morning on the Derwent. His landscape painting prowess earned him many...

24. TIM STORRIER Moonlight Plain image
By Asta Cameron
27 Aug 2019

Moonlight Plain is a truly exemplary Storrier work in an attractive domestic scale, yet its composition is grand in both conception and execution. A glorious shooting star cuts across the sky from right to left and gives the work an abrupt energy, while cumulus cloud formations...

25. HENRY BURN Sandridge from the Lagoon c1870 image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
27 Aug 2019

Mid-nineteenth century Australian art is regaled by the names of artists who came for the gold but ended up putting far more back into their adopted country than what they took out. Eugene von Guérard (1811-1901) and S. T. Gill (1818-1890) are two of the best-known artists to have ventured to...

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