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41. ARTHUR STREETON The Ovens Valley (also known as A Victorian Vista) c1928 image
By Catherine Baxendale B Phil Hons
12 Apr 2017

Since having first been documented by Hamilton Hume and William Hovell during their 1824 expedition across the Great Dividing Range, Mount Buffalo and the surrounding Ovens Valley have proven an abundant source of inspiration to many of Australia’s most accomplished artists.  During the mid-to...

42. TOM ROBERTS The School Track c1900 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

Tom Roberts was central to the birth of Australian Impressionism in August 1889 at Buxton’s, a small art gallery in Melbourne, and 128 years later he continues to remain central in the entire nation’s evolved sense of selfhood.

In many ways the English-born Roberts was blessed with an “...

43. RUPERT BUNNY A Cup of Chocolate (also known as At the Table (Mrs Bunny)) 1911 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

In Rupert Bunny’s paintings there are no gum trees, no sheep, no pioneers and no nationalistic drum-beating. On the contrary, Bunny’s paintings betray a ‘feminine’ world of repose, relaxed comfort, beauty and unhurried ease. These qualities were recognised in his first exhibition in Sydney upon...

44. ARTHUR STREETON South Head, Sydney (also known as Sydney Heads) 1913-14 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

Sir Arthur Streeton’s South Head, Sydney (also known as Sydney Heads)1912-13 with its breezily deft brushwork and letterbox slot view, shows the hallmark attributes that made the artist so justly famous.

Furthermore, the painting’s provenance is impeccable, its...

45. CHARLES CONDER The Fortune of War 1888 image
By David Thomas
12 Apr 2017

Late nineteenth-century Australian painting delights in story telling. Even the Impressionists Tom Roberts (1856-1931), Frederick McCubbin (1855-1917) and Arthur Streeton (1867-1943) painted pictures about bushrangers, the toils of the pioneers, and days and nights of dalliance. With an...

46. FREDERICK McCUBBIN Spring Morning image
By Rodney James BA (Hons.), MA
12 Apr 2017

Rural labour with a nationalist ethos has been a dominant theme in Australian art and literature from the mid-nineteenth century on. The art of Frederick McCubbin was at the forefront of these investigations; his fascination with epic narrative paintings of white settlement in Australia produced...

47. JEFFREY SMART Richmond Park II 1997-99 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

Jeffery Smart is an artist who is acutely aware of the visual curiosities and quirky juxtapositions that urban life presents.  His is an avid traveller, but never a tourist. His eye searches for insights that might propel his artistic imagination.  In his paintings the taken for granted, the...

48. ARTHUR BOYD Bride and Bridegroom with Rainbow 1960 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

Arthur Boyd never wore a belt because he believed that it would restrict his circulation. Even such a small detail says something about his essential difference from others. His Christian Science upbringing was fundamental and it instilled in him a strong work ethic and a self-belief that...

49. RUSSELL DRYSDALE Half-caste Woman 1961 image
By Ken Wach
12 Apr 2017

Sir Russell Drysdale was one of Australia’s most remarkable artists. He held seventeen solo exhibitions and participated in fifty-five group exhibitions. Drysdale’s works are rare and his output was comparatively low as he produced fewer than three hundred paintings. However, his undoubted...

50. JOHN BRACK Nude in Profile (also known as Nude, Rug and Dressing Gown) 1974 image
By Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA
12 Apr 2017

When John Brack painted his first series of nudes, which he exhibited in 1957, he had already formulated his attitude to the subject; he noted at the time: “When I paint a woman … I am not interested in how she looks sitting in the studio, but how she looks at all times, in all lights, what she...

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