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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

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...

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...

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